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Tchaikovsky: The Man and His Music

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In any language, it is definitive.-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 ...more
Hardcover, 460 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Pegasus Books
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Scott Fuchs
Apr 28, 2011 Scott Fuchs rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Paradox: David Brown's highly acclaimed four volume history on Tchaikovsky was much more than I wanted to tackle, so I settled for this, his one volume concise overview of the composer and his music. Half way through, I realized that I was disappointed in the book having incomplete information. Still determined to not approach the four volume set, I pursued this book to its end.
Much of the book [1/4 maybe] is devoted to a description and a technical survey of the music itself. These are certainl
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William Ainsworth
Dec 12, 2012 William Ainsworth rated it it was amazing
I read this book after finding it in a charity shop and I'm so glad I did. Through reading this book I have discovered many new and wonderful pieces of music by the composer. Previously, I thought of Tchaikovsky as primarily being a composer of ballets and a piano concerto. I never realised he had written such wonderful stuff as the three string quartets, a second piano concerto, concert overtures, symphonies, a violin concerto and lesser known pieces such as The Storm and Fatum, and much more. ...more
Elizabeth
Someone who values music criticism would undoubtably get more out of this than I did; it's badly organized (thematic? chronological? not-quite-neither) and there is not nearly enough social context for the lay reader. The large cast of characters in Tchaikovsky's life is badly sketched, making it very difficult to keep track of who is who and what significance they have, very few events are dated explicitly, and Brown's attitude toward his subject's sexuality is frankly creepy.
Graham Binner
Jan 12, 2008 Graham Binner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, biography
This is an excellent one volume biography of Tchaikovsky. After reading this book, I felt that I had really got to know Tchaikovsky as a person.

In addition to the well written biographical component of this book, there are also highly informative descriptions of Tchaikovsky's compositions.
Kirk Lowery
Aug 06, 2011 Kirk Lowery rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, biography
It is more than a simple "life and times" bio. Written by a UK musicologist, he also discusses the major works as a part of the flow of his story. It is nevertheless for the general reader. I find that I need to listen to the music as I go, so I'm collecting more music CDs. :-)
Yooperprof
Aug 15, 2008 Yooperprof rated it it was ok
Shelves: russia, lgbt, biography
Enthusiastic and sincere appreciation by a leading expert, but lacking objectivity and a grounding in the history of late 19th century Russia
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