To My Best Friend Correspondence Between Tchaikovsky And Nadezhda Von Meck To my best friend thus Tchaikovsky dedicated his original and emotionally vibrant Fourth Symphony to his newly found correspondent Nadezhda von Meck Their correspondence started at the end of w

  • Title: To My Best Friend: Correspondence Between Tchaikovsky And Nadezhda Von Meck, 1876 1878
  • Author: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • ISBN: 9780198161585
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To my best friend thus Tchaikovsky dedicated his original and emotionally vibrant Fourth Symphony to his newly found correspondent, Nadezhda von Meck Their correspondence started at the end of 1876, when Tchaikovsky was in need of funds On the recommendation of Nikolai Rubinstein, Director of the Moscow Conservatoire where Tchaikovsky was a professor, Nadezhda von Mec To my best friend thus Tchaikovsky dedicated his original and emotionally vibrant Fourth Symphony to his newly found correspondent, Nadezhda von Meck Their correspondence started at the end of 1876, when Tchaikovsky was in need of funds On the recommendation of Nikolai Rubinstein, Director of the Moscow Conservatoire where Tchaikovsky was a professor, Nadezhda von Meck generously commissioned Tchaikovsky to arrange some of his smaller pieces for violin and piano In this way began their extraordinary pen relationship, in which each seemed to bare the soul before the other, Nadezhda von Meck sincerely and increasingly gushingly, Tchaikovsky less sincerely to begin with, but much so before the elapse of many months Each was determined never to meet the other in the flesh for fear of destroying their very special relationship The years covered by the present book are by far the most important in the correspondence They cover the period of Tchaikovsky s tempestuously abortive marriage, about which he is surprisingly candid In addition to the Fourth Symphony, for which he gives a detailed programme in a very revealing letter to her, the compositions of the period include his finest and most sensitive opera, Eugene Onegin, and the ever popular Violin Concerto, as well as numerous other smaller works Their views on many musical, literary, philosophical, and other matters are stated frankly and, though they are often in accord, they are not afraid to agree to differ either For Tchaikovsky, his correspondence with Nadezhda von Meck was therapeutic he often wrote to her when he was depressed sometimes in despair and the very act of putting pen to paper in the knowledge thatshe would be supportive was enough to alleviate his condition, not to mention the fact that she eventually granted him a monthly allowance which gave him artistic freedom , as he wrote joyously when he had resigned from the Conservatoire Not only giving a unique insight into Tch

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      Pyotr Il yich Tchaikovsky Russian was a Russian composer of the Romantic era While not part of the nationalistic music group known as The Five , Tchaikovsky wrote music which was distinctly Russian plangent, introspective, with modally inflected melody and harmony.Tchaikovsky considered himself a professional composer He felt his professionalism in combining skill and high standards in his musical works separated him from his colleagues in The Five He shared several of their ideals, including an emphasis on national character in music His aim, however, was linking those ideals with a professional standard high enough to satisfy European criteria His professionalism also fueled his desire to reach a broad public, not just nationally but internationally, which he would eventually do.



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