By Henry Zajaczkowski
Known basically because the composer of The Nutcracker Suite and different mythical items, Tchaikovsky was once additionally a famous musical dramatist. the following, within the first booklet 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, be certain Tchaikovsky's recognition as his country's maximum opera composer. He displayed nice versatility within the variety 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, developing operas which are nonetheless played generally today.
In this thorough and interesting exam, writer Henry Zajaczkowski either assesses and re-appraises those works. He presents an outline of Tchaikovsky's opera occupation, whole with synopses, musical and dramatic research, and historic context that areas the composer within the pantheon of serious masters of the form.
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