By Henry Zajaczkowski
Known basically because the composer of The Nutcracker Suite and different mythical items, Tchaikovsky used to be additionally a famous musical dramatist. right here, within the first booklet dedicated to the topic, his operas are explored intensive: from his most renowned, 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, be sure Tchaikovsky's recognition as his country's maximum opera composer. He displayed nice versatility within the diversity of genres during which he labored, from the tragic to the fantastical, the allegorical to the comedian, and he hired a wealthy number of musical kinds, growing operas which are nonetheless played extensively today.
In this thorough and fascinating exam, writer Henry Zajaczkowski either assesses and re-appraises those works. He presents an summary of Tchaikovsky's opera occupation, whole with synopses, musical and dramatic research, and old context that locations the composer within the pantheon of serious masters of the form.
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