Tchaikovsky: The Man and His Music ebook
by David Brown
In the book, Brown encloses many letters Tchaikovsky wrote his younger brother Modest (who was .
In the book, Brown encloses many letters Tchaikovsky wrote his younger brother Modest (who was also gay) and Tchaikovsky's personality is revealed. He was a fake extrovert.
Tchaikovsky: The Man and. has been added to your Cart. David Brown learned Russian in the military and taught in secondary schools before becoming music librarian of London University. In 1962 he moved to Southampton University, retiring as Professor of Musicology in 1989. His books have often focused on the Russian composers, including his definitive biography of Tchaikovsky.
David Brown enthusiastically and sensitively guides the reader through Tchaikovsky's music in the context of his life. The biographical writing includes fascinating quotations from the composer's letters, and those of his friends; the Tchaikovsky that emerges is, despite his periodic struggle with depression, a man with a positive attitude to life, and a kind and supportive friend to many around him.
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This book is the distillation of David Brown's prodigious knowledge of Tchaikovsky's life and works, previously .
This book is the distillation of David Brown's prodigious knowledge of Tchaikovsky's life and works, previously presented to scholars in four volumes. The only real criticism I have of this book is that, in spite of Tchaikovsky and his work being so quintessentially Russian, Russia itself seems curiously absent. The only time the scenery becomes vivid is when the composer is on his way south, to Tiflis (Tbilisi); otherwise, one might be anywhere in Europe.
David Clifford Brown (born Gravesend, 8 July 1929, died 20 June 2014) was an English musicologist, most noteworthy for his major study of Tchaikovsky’s life and works. Brown attended Gravesend Grammar School and then studied English, Latin and music at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 1951, and took his MusB there (1952). During national service (1952-4) he studied Russian and was commissioned in the Intelligence Corps
David Brown’s four volume work on Tchaikovsky containing an extensive detailed analysis of all the music represents one of the most extensive essays on any composer ever written.
David Brown’s four volume work on Tchaikovsky containing an extensive detailed analysis of all the music represents one of the most extensive essays on any composer ever written. Alan Walker covered Franz Liszt’s 75 years in three volumes, Stephen Walsh covered Stravinsky’s 89 years in two volumes. Brown took four volumes (600,000 words) to relate and analyze Tchaikovsky’s 53 years. This one volume essay is not intended as a summary of that longer work, but as a new and different work intended for the general reader
The Sunday Telegraph A magnificent achievement, and one which can only deepen our appreciation and understanding of this great composer. The Sunday Times (London) This very distinctive new work on Tchaikovsky uniquely combines a lively biography of Russia's best-loved composer with a chronological guide to his music, ranging from the popular. symphonies and concertos to his operas and ballets.
A masterful exploration of the relationship between Tchaikovsky's life and his music.In this distinctive new work on Tchaikovsky, David Brown uniquely combines a lively biography of Russia's best-loved composer with a chronological guide to his music, ranging from the popular symphonies, concertos, operas and ballets like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, to some lesser-known pieces. Brown skillfully guides the reader through Tchaikovsky's music within the context of his life, and the result is an edifying journey through some of the greatest and most moving music ever composed.As for Tchaikovsky himself, he emerges as a man dogged with bouts of depression but capable of great kindness, devoted to his family, unstinting with his time and money, even on behalf of virtual strangers. It is no wonder that when he died, he was given a state funeral, nor that the massive crowds lining the streets delayed the procession to the cemetery by five hours.