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The lifestyles & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky by way of Modeste Tchaikovsky

IN delivering to English and American readers this abridged version of The lifestyles and Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, my creation needs to of necessity take the shape of a few justification of my curtailments and excisions.

The explanations which resulted in this venture, and the explanations for my mode of approach, will be said in a couple of words.

In 1900 I released a quantity facing Tchaikovsky, which used to be, i feel, the 1st try and embrace in e-book shape the entire literature—scattered in the course of the byways of Russian journalism—concerning the composer of the Pathetic Symphony.

In the process a yr or two—the e-book having offered out in England and America—a idea was once made to me to organize a brand new version. in the meantime, besides the fact that, the authorized lifestyles and Letters, compiled and edited by means of the composer’s brother, Modeste Ilich Tchaikovsky, used to be being issued in twenty-five components through P. I. Jurgenson, of Moscow. This unique Russian version used to be shortly through a German translation, released in Leipzig through an identical firm.

In November, 1901, the overdue P. I. Jurgenson approached me near to a translation, yet his negotiations with an American company ultimately fell via. He then asked me to discover, if attainable, an English writer prepared to take in the e-book. either in England and the USA the general public curiosity in Tchaikovsky appeared to be gradually expanding. widespread demands copies of my small book—by this day trip of print—testified that this used to be truly the case.

An substitute direction now lay earlier than me: to revise my very own booklet, with assistance from the fabric supplied by way of the authorized existence and Letters, or to soak up hand an English translation of the latter. the 1st could were the fewer exhausting and exacting job; nonetheless, there has been without doubt in my brain as to the larger worth and value of Modeste Tchaikovsky’s work.

The simplest—and in lots of methods such a lot satisfactory—course appeared at the beginning to be the interpretation of the Russian variation in its entirety. nearer exam, besides the fact that, printed the truth that out of the 3,000 letters incorporated during this ebook a wide percentage have been addressed to folks fairly unknown to the English and American publics; whereas even as it contained a mass of minute and virtually neighborhood details which may have little or no value for readers unversed in each element of Russian musical life.

Another sensible query faced me. What writer might enterprise upon launching this biographical three-decker, with its freight of 3,000 letters, amounting to almost 2,000 pages of heavily published topic? Such titanic biographies, in spite of the fact that beneficial as assets of data to the expert, are rather past all hazard of buy or perusal by means of most people. That the writer himself realised this, turns out obvious from the truth that the German version used to be lightened of a couple of 3rd of the unique contents.

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I LIFE 4 AND LETTERS OF He was Votinsk. Occasionally a Polish officer visited "Mazurkas" an excellent amateur and played Chopin's His coming was a red-letter day for well. particularly Once he learnt two mazurkas all by himself, so charmingly that the officer kissed him them and played " I never saw Pierre so radiantly done. had when he Peter Ilich. happy This as that day," says Fanny. is all I have been able to glean with regard to Peter Ilich's musical development at this period of his life.

Realising this fact and partly because he found his loneliness unbearable he now resolved to share the home of his brother, Peter Petrovich Tchaikovsky. Peter Petrovich was a white-haired man of seventy, every inch a soldier, who had seen many campaigns, and bore many honourable scars. He was exceedingly religious, and up to the time of his marriage had led a life devoted to prayer, fasting, and warfare. He might have belonged to some mediaeval order of knighthood. Stern towards himself, he demanded blind obedience from his wife and children when he found that they did not to his he shut himself apart in grim influence, respond and wrote tracts on mystical subjects.

All took a keen interest in literature. Even the lower forms possessed a school magazine, to which Apukhtin, Maslov, Aertel, Gerard, and Tchaikovsky were contributors. A " History of the Literature of our Form," very smartly written, emanated so Maslov says from Tchaikovsky's pen. Among vich the composer's schoolfellows Vladimir Stepanotakes the first place. Although they spent Adamov but a few months in the same class, the mutual attraction was so strong that they remained intimate friends until death severed the connection.

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