Distributed for Reaktion Books
Setting aside clichés of Tchaikovsky as a tortured homosexual and naively confessional artist, Philip Ross Bullock paints a new and vivid portrait of the composer that weaves together insights into his music with a sensitive account of his inner emotional life. He looks at Tchaikovsky’s appeal to wealthy and influential patrons such as Nadezhda von Meck and Tsar Alexander III, and he examines Russia’s growing hunger at the time for serious classical music. Following Tchaikovsky through his celebrity up until his 1891 performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall and his honorary doctorate at the University of Cambridge, Bullock offers an accessible but deeply informed window onto Tchaikovsky’s life and works.
Introduction: ‘The Intimate World of My Feelings and Thoughts’
- ‘I Will Make Something of Myself’
- ‘The Only Hope for Our Musical Future’
- For the Sake of Qu’en-dira-t-on’
- ‘I am a Free Man’
- ‘Where is My Home to Be?’