Russian Symphony: Thoughts about Tchaikovsky

Russian Symphony: Thoughts about Tchaikovsky

Russian Symphony: Thoughts about Tchaikovsky

Russian Symphony: Thoughts about Tchaikovsky

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There is not a single Russian composer of the latter 19th or early 20th centuries who is not indebted in some measure to Peter Tchaikovsky. The author of six symphonies and the finest and most popular operas in the Russian repertory, Tchaikovsky was one of the founders of the great school of Russian music. His brilliant personality was a happy combination of unusual natural talent and a creative imagination that nourished his talent throughout the long years of his fruitful career. There is literally no musical genre in which Tchaikovsky's music does not occupy a place of importance. Songs and symphonies, operas and ballads, sonatas and ballets, concertos and chamber works--alike bore the stamp of his genius.

Tchaikovsky influenced his contemporaries in music regardless of their individual creative trends and conceptions. Greater still, however, was the influence the great composer exercised on subsequent generations of musicians. The traditional line of Russian musical culture handed down from Glinka to Tchaikovsky was carried on through his pupil Taneyev, and later through Scriabine and Rachmaninov. I do not know a single member of our own generation who has not felt in some way the beneficent influence of Tchaikovsky. Shaporin and Shebalin, Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Khachaturyan and Dzerzhinsky have at . . .

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