An Introduction to Tchaikovsky's Operas by Henry Zajaczkowski

By Henry Zajaczkowski

Known essentially because the composer of The Nutcracker Suite and different mythical items, Tchaikovsky used to be additionally a famous musical dramatist. the following, within the first publication dedicated to the topic, his operas are explored extensive: from his most famed, Eugene Oneginand The Queen of Spades, to such lesser-known works as The Maid of Orléans. The social and mental complexity of those operas, let alone their musical brilliance, determine Tchaikovsky's attractiveness as his country's maximum opera composer. He displayed nice versatility within the diversity of genres within which he labored, from the tragic to the fantastical, the allegorical to the comedian, and he hired a wealthy number of musical types, developing operas which are nonetheless played broadly today.

In this thorough and fascinating exam, writer Henry Zajaczkowski either assesses and re-appraises those works. He offers an summary of Tchaikovsky's opera profession, entire with synopses, musical and dramatic research, and old context that areas the composer within the pantheon of serious masters of the form.

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