Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Companion by David SchroederExperiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Companion by David Schroeder

Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Companion

byDavid Schroeder

Hardcover | February 10, 2015

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The music of Tchaikovsky remains as much loved in the twenty-first century as it was a hundred years ago. But it has so much more to offer than luscious orchestration and tuneful melodies. In Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Companion, historian and scholar David Schroeder looks beyond traditional views of Tchaikovsky to explore the dramatic impact of his music by walking readers through the remarkable range of works by this great Russian composer.Drawing on a select, but highly representative, group of compositions from Tchaikovsky's vast output, from his groundbreaking ballet Swan Lake to his great opera Eugene Onegin, Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Companion offers in-depth explorations without technical jargon. In addition to looking at his ballets and some of his operas, Schroeder probes the many other genres in which Tchaikovsky worked, from his chamber music pieces and symphonies to his other orchestral works and concertos. Throughout, Schroeder draws connections among the works, painting a fuller, more coherent picture of Tchaikovsky through his thematic interests, musical techniques, sonic signatures, and literary and cultural focuses. For context, Schroeder describes the works of personal significance for the composer through such contemporary literature as Tchaikovsky's letters to Nadezhda von Meck, the wealthy patroness whom he never met. Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Companion is for anyone who left a ballet performance whistling themes from Swan Lake or humming melodies from The Nutcracker. It is the ideal work for concertgoers, music students, opera buffs, ballet enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates this musical master.
David Schroeder is professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and he holds a doctorate from Cambridge University. He is the author of major studies on Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, film music, and opera. His most recent work is Experiencing Mozart: A Listener's Companion (Scarecrow Press 2013).
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Title:Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's CompanionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 9.44 × 6.41 × 0.86 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442232994

ISBN - 13:9781442232990

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's ForewordIntroductionList of AbbreviationsTimelineChapter 1: Symphonic Poems, Shakespeare, and Music with MeaningChapter 2: A Little Help from my Friends: ConcertosChapter 3: For the Love of Mozart: Chamber Music, Suites, and SerenadesChapter 4: Ballet's New Way: Swan LakeChapter 5: Pushkin's Gentle Mockery, Tchaikovsky's Immoderate Ardor: Eugene OneginChapter 6: Symphony as OperaChapter 7: Sorcery, Caprice, Blindness, Saints, and Stacked Decks: More OperasChapter 8: Two Fairytale BalletsChapter 9: Above and Beyond: From His Death to the PresentGlossarySelected ReadingSelected ListeningIndexAbout the Author

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While this book makes no claims to be a scholarly study or a biography, it strikes me that Schroeder has read widely in the essential biographical material and has thought hard about what to listen for in the pieces he has chosen to deal with in some depth. . . .His approach to doing this is that 'it's more useful to look at a few works in detail than to consider a large number superficially.' I think this is a good strategy, especially as he tries to show certain essential characteristics of Tchaikovsky's compositional approach, which can then be useful in considering his other music. . . .[T]his book is well written, even occasionally trendy (Star Wars makes an appearance).