Critical Lives

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Philip Ross Bullock

Paperback | Nov 2016 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780236544 | 224pp | 200x130mm | RFB | AUD$29.99, NZD$34.99

Drawing extensively on Tchaikovsky's uncensored letters and diaries, this biography explores the composer's life in the artistic culture of nineteenth-century Russian society, revealing how he became a figure of international renown. Setting aside clichés of the composer as a tortured homosexual and naively confessional artist, this engaging biography paints a new and vivid picture of Tchaikovsky that weaves together insights into his music with a sensitive evocation of his inner emotional life.