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Written for the layman, this new biography of the world's most popular composer contains previously unrevealed material gathered from Russian files about his probable suicide at the age of 53 after being threatened with the exposure of his homosexuality. of photos. Written for the layman, this new biography of the world's most popular composer contains previously unrevealed material gathered from Russian files about his probable suicide at the age of 53 after being threatened with the exposure of his homosexuality. of photos.


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Written for the layman, this new biography of the world's most popular composer contains previously unrevealed material gathered from Russian files about his probable suicide at the age of 53 after being threatened with the exposure of his homosexuality. of photos. Written for the layman, this new biography of the world's most popular composer contains previously unrevealed material gathered from Russian files about his probable suicide at the age of 53 after being threatened with the exposure of his homosexuality. of photos.

30 review for Tchaikovsky:: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adolfo

    Somebody needs to make a movie of this some day. Great stuff for the cinema: a confirmed bachelor who chucks a career as a lawyer to pursue a glamorous life as a composer with the help of a mysterious benefactress. Living a life of unrequited and brokenhearted love only to die an unexplained death at the height of his creative powers. I say Jospeh Fiennes needs to play the starring role.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Zimny

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What an interesting, if difficult life for this great composer. A homosexual (not that there's anything wrong with that), a pedophile (yes there is something wrong with that), and with a family ravaged by opium addiction, although Tchaikovsky himself was not an addict. His homosexuality haunted him throughout his life, and he lived in constant fear of his secret being made public. He once even got married, in hopes that it would make him a "normal" man, but the marriage proved disastrous. After What an interesting, if difficult life for this great composer. A homosexual (not that there's anything wrong with that), a pedophile (yes there is something wrong with that), and with a family ravaged by opium addiction, although Tchaikovsky himself was not an addict. His homosexuality haunted him throughout his life, and he lived in constant fear of his secret being made public. He once even got married, in hopes that it would make him a "normal" man, but the marriage proved disastrous. After one year under the same roof with his wife Tchaikovsky moved out, never to live with her again. Though his wife would continue to stalk him throughout his life, and threaten to reveal his homosexuality to the public unless he constantly gave her money. His cause of death at the age of 53 is not certain to this day- some say he died of cholera and others say he committed suicide by drinking poison. The symptoms of cholera and arsenic poisoning are very similar. A great biography.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dale Boyer

    A Great Biography of a Great Man I've been searching for years for a good biography of Tchaikovsky -- one that dealt frankly with his homosexuality --and this is it. Beautifully researched, sympathetic, and absorbing, I absolutely devoured this book. I felt that it really captured the man, as well as the horrible pressures he must have been subjected to at the time. I can't recommend it enough. I loved it. A Great Biography of a Great Man I've been searching for years for a good biography of Tchaikovsky -- one that dealt frankly with his homosexuality --and this is it. Beautifully researched, sympathetic, and absorbing, I absolutely devoured this book. I felt that it really captured the man, as well as the horrible pressures he must have been subjected to at the time. I can't recommend it enough. I loved it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    fran

    I loved!! I laughed!! I reference often!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael J

    I've always love the music of Tchaikovsky and read this biography back in college in order to get some insight into the kind of genius that could create some of the most beautiful music ever written. The biography is highly informative and covers every aspect of Tchaikovsky's life as well as the stories behind some of his best loved compositions. It also covers his homosexuality as well as his efforts to cover his sexually by way of a doomed marriage and his eventual, possible suicide, by knowin I've always love the music of Tchaikovsky and read this biography back in college in order to get some insight into the kind of genius that could create some of the most beautiful music ever written. The biography is highly informative and covers every aspect of Tchaikovsky's life as well as the stories behind some of his best loved compositions. It also covers his homosexuality as well as his efforts to cover his sexually by way of a doomed marriage and his eventual, possible suicide, by knowingly drinking a glass of cholera tainted water in front of his friends (the book speculates that his secret was going to be revealed to the public if he did not take his own life). It's an excellent read for anyone interested in the composer and his music.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    A biography about the man, not the music. Knowing about him helps to understand the music, but it is not necessary to know the music to appreciate the portrayal of the man. I liked that the book is about Tchaikovsky the man, not Tchaikovsky the composer. The biographer had access to private papers, diaries, letters, etc. which were not available before the fall of the USSR. Therefore, the reader does not get a. sanitized version of the life of Russia's most beloved composer. We see him with all A biography about the man, not the music. Knowing about him helps to understand the music, but it is not necessary to know the music to appreciate the portrayal of the man. I liked that the book is about Tchaikovsky the man, not Tchaikovsky the composer. The biographer had access to private papers, diaries, letters, etc. which were not available before the fall of the USSR. Therefore, the reader does not get a. sanitized version of the life of Russia's most beloved composer. We see him with all of his foibles, insecurities, and nastiness. The book is an interesting depiction of a tortured creative soul who created some of the most beautiful music ever written

  7. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Saltarelli

    got a little dry at parts

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Kurtz

    More of a psychoanalysis than a biography, but still really interesting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Kinsey

    Reads like a novel, which says less about Holden's writing and more about Tchaikovsky's tragic life. Reads like a novel, which says less about Holden's writing and more about Tchaikovsky's tragic life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hancock

    Extremely gifted man packaged in an unhappy shell. The author did a great job of portraying the man and the era.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I've read this twice, and both times were riveting. This is a great book about an amazing composer. I've read this twice, and both times were riveting. This is a great book about an amazing composer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Very good. More about the man than the music.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Mchale

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Bridge

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Marr

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mclaren

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jim Dunedin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wilson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

  21. 4 out of 5

    Martin Olesh

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sundblad

  23. 4 out of 5

    David

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate O’Shea

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bambi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Hilger

  28. 4 out of 5

    Toon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate

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