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Author: Edward Garden,Nigel Gotteri,Galina von Meck
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Title: "To My Best Friend": Correspondence between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck, 1876-1878
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Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 8, 1993)
Pages: 522

"To My Best Friend": Correspondence between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck, 1876-1878 by Edward Garden,Nigel Gotteri,Galina von Meck

Meck, Nadezhda Filaretovna von, 1831-1894 Correspondence. Personal Name: Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Personal Name: Meck, Nadezhda Filaretovna von, 1831-1894. Personal Name: Garden, Edward. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners

At the end of 1876, when his correspondence with Nadezhda von Meck started, Tchaikovsky had reached a turning-point in his career. He was becoming dissatisfied with his post at the Moscow Conservatoire of Music, where he taught harmony and composition. His compositions included the naïve and charming First Symphony; the brilliant Second Symphony, based to a substantial extent on folksongs; and the Third Symphony, in which the outer movements, lacking the initial impetus of folk intonations, are weak. mighty handful'; and Francesca da Rimini, which had recently been completed and was to delight Balakirev and his group. The First Piano Concerto had had enormous success in the United States, and the opera The Oprichnik was proving to be successful on the stage, though Tchaikovsky himself was dissatisfied with it.

For Tchaikovsky, his correspondence with Nadezhda von Meck was therapeutic; he often wrote to her when he was depressed - sometimes in despair - and the very act of putting pen to paper in the knowledge that she would be supportive wasenough to alleviate his condition, not to mention the fact that she eventually granted him a monthly allowance which gave him artistic 'freedom', as he wrote joyously when he had resigned from the Conservatoire. Not only giving a unique insight into Tchaikovs. Tchaikovsky dedicated his original and emotionally vibrant Fourth Symphony to his newly found correspondent Nadezhda von Meck in this way: 'To my best friend'. This correspondence started at the end of 1876, when Tchaikovsky was in need of funds.

collection of letters, from the significant years between 1876 and 1978, has been published before but not in such exemplary form: with tis excellent notes and introduction and synopsis of the letters this is a model of how to present correspondence and I congratulate all involved on their achievements. Edward Garden's Introduction provides an impressive, scholarly framework within which the reader may appreciate the succeeding correspondence. the end product reads not at all like a translation, but like the living interchange - building, in its own peculiar way, into the intense relationship between two people - that these letters represent. Henry Zajaczkowski, The Musical Times, April 1993.

Galina von Meck - daughter of Nadezhda von Meck's son Nikolay and Tchaikovsky's niece Anna - maintained that the rift was secretly healed. In September 1893, only weeks before Tchaikovsky's death, Anna was about to leave for Nice, where Nadezhda von Meck was dying, and Anna was travelling there to nurse her. Tchaikovsky asked her to beg his former friend for forgiveness for his own silence. Nadezhda von Meck's claim of bankruptcy was not entirely untrue. Along with his fortune, Karl von Meck had left a sizable amount of debt upon his death, and this debt proved to be far more extensive than his wife had previously known. Rumors of this debt started circulating publicly in the early 1880s. ISBN 0-413-45731-1 (pb). To My Best Friend: Correspondence Between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck 1876–1878. By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nadezhda von Meck (1993).

Tchaikovsky: The Final Years (1885–1893). When the correspondence between Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck began, in December 1876, the bachelor of thirty-six was the most promising of Russian composers and the most highly regarded abroad; four months earlier, at Bayreuth for the first Ring of the Nibelung, he had been warmly-he thought d by Liszt. Shortly after returning from Germany, morbidly fearful of public exposure of his homosexuality, he wrote to his homosexual brother Modest: I should like to marry or enter into an open liaison with some woman so as to shut the mouths of assorted.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky to Nadezhda von Meck. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky had been born into a family that had served Russia's tsars for several generations, mostly as army officers. His uncle and namesake had fought against Napoleon's troops when they invaded Russia in 1812. Garden, Edward, and Nigel Gotteri, eds. "To my best friend": Correspondence between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck 1876–1878. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.

To My Best Friend": Correspondence between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meek, 1876- 1878. Eds. Edward Garden and Nigel Gotteri. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Malcolm Hamrick Brown (a1).

6 Tchaikovsky, Peter; Meck, Nadezhda, To My Best Friend, pg. 404. Miethe 6 composer draws from his own experiences ( his soul ) and one where, after reading someone else’s poem, he draws from their inspiration to create something more concrete. He continues that the first kind (from his soul) cannot have a program and that the other (from someone else’s poem) is necessary for the audience to understand  . Tchaikovsky, The Years of Wandering (1878-1885).

Tchaikovsky dedicated his original and emotionally vibrant Fourth Symphony to his newly found correspondent Nadezhda von Meck. This correspondence started at the end of 1876, when Tchaikovsky was in need of funds. On the recommendation of Nikoli Rubinstein, Director of the Moscow Conservatoire where Tchaikovsky was a professor, Nadezhda before the other, Nadezhda von Meck sincerely and increasingly gushingly, Tchaikovsky less sincerely to begin with, but much more so before the elapse of many months. Each was determined never to meet the other in the flesh for fear of destroying their very special relationship. The years covered by the present book are by far the most important in the correspondence. They cover the period of Tchaikovsky's tempestuously abortive marriage, about which he is surprisingly candid; in addition to the Fourth Symphony, the compositions of the period include his finest and most sensitive opera, Eugene Onegin, and the ever popular Violin Concerto, as well as numerous other smaller works. Their views on many musical, literary, philosophical, and other matters are stated frankly and, though they are often in accord, they are not afraid to agree to differ either. Not only giving a unique insight into Tchaikovsky the composer, these letters are perhaps as fascinating as any ever printed. Many are published in English for the first time. The translations, by a native-born Russian who lived the latter part of her life in England, and edited by a music scholar who reads Russian and a Slavist who is qualified in music, are as close to the letter and spirit of the original as it is possible to get. The correspondence will be of interest both to musicians and music lovers, and to all who are interested in the arts and culture of the nineteenth century.
Reviews: 4
This story of the correspondence between Tchaikovsky and his longtime patron and best friend, is in many ways tragic, but at the same time revealing, not only about his compositional style, but also about the emotional highs and lows that fueled this composer's prolific work. This book is meaningful: I shall never listen to Tchaikovsky's compositions in the same way again.
This book is a must have for any classical music lover, especially of Tchaikovsky. These personal letters between Tchaikovsky and Ms. Von Meck are truly invaluable and a wonderful read.
The other "reviewer" of this book admits to not having read this extraordinary book. She instead slams the price of the book and gives it a one-star "review" based solely on her apparent inability to purchase the book, and to therefore, give it a review BASED UPON THE BOOK ITSELF, even though having "heard" the letters are "terrific." I'm dumbstruck by the incredible stupidity of that approach to a review of this book and so, will instead review the BOOK itself, which I have in hand, and which - unlike the other commenter, I've actually read. I would also urge Amazon to not only take down such ridiculous "reviews," but to try to make sure comments pertain to the actual content such products, and not ignorance of the item being critiqued.

That said: this is a remarkable volume. For readers/scholars of Tchaikovsky's correspondence with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, this volume is actually a new revelation: translated from the originals by NvM's granddaughter Galina von Meck (who was also Tchaikovsky's great-niece) and covering the (perhaps) most critical years of his professional and personal life, reading these new translations is the next best thing to sitting down for a chat with Tchaikovsky. For the scholar, for the casually-interested music lover: this volume certainly has supplanted the Barbara von Meck/Catherine Drinker Bowen "Beloved Friend" (long out of print) on my bookshelf and is a wonderful companion book to the (misleadingly-titled, but still-) PHENOMENAL "Letters to this Family: an Autobiography of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky." Taken together, they're a remarkable microscope into the mind, emotions, creative process and joyous, tortured soul of the man many people consider to be the greatest composer who ever lived.

My last thought: find the book, READ it, and then consider yourself qualified to review it. But until then, ignore the thoughts and comments of someone who clearly is in need of a long, long rest on another planet...unless that's from where she most recently returned.