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, concertos, operas and ballets, to some lesser known pieces. Professor Brown skilfully guides the reader through Tchaikovsky's music within the context of his life, and the result is a book which will be perhaps of particular interest to those who, knowing little or nothing of classical music, might wish to become acquainted with 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 and sustained kindness, devoted to his family, and 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.
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