Tchaikovsky through Others' Eyes

Edited by Alexander Poznansky

Translated by Robert Bird

Published by: Indiana University Press

368 pages, 6.12 x 9.25 in, 32 b&w photos

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253335456
  • Published: April 1999


" . . . intriguing collection . . . a recommended study for anyone interested in the habits and personalities of great minds." —ForeWord

This compilation of reminiscences about Tchaikovsky the man is unprecedented in English. The memoirs, diary entries, and interviews written and conducted by his contemporaries show us both the public and the private figure: the law student, the professor, the philanthropist, the loving brother and uncle, the intrepid traveler, and of course the composer and conductor. In more than 50 documents—some laudatory, others not—Tchaikovsky's contemporaries speak of little-known facets of the composer's life: foibles and mannerisms, politics and tastes, prejudices and preferences (sexual and otherwise). The result is a dynamic portrayal of the composer, with all the complexities and paradoxes of a real life.