Roland John Wiley

in Tchaikovsky

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195368925
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852468 | DOI:

Series: Master Musicians Series


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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was in Western Europe until April 1878, then returned to Russia. From November 15 to the end of the year, he was in Western Europe again, spending almost a month in Florence with Nadezhda von Meck; he then went to Paris and Clarens. On January 1, 1878, he was in San Remo, his immediate source of anguish being a promise to serve on the Russian delegation to the Paris Universal Exhibition later that year. Reminded by an appointment letter just before Christmas, he would have to leave immediately, abandon the Fourth Symphony, and cancel the imminent visit of Modest Tchaikovsky and Kolya Konradi. Instead he withdrew, declaring himself to the Russian consul in Paris to be too ill to leave San Remo despite his “ardent desire.” Nikolay Grigorievich Rubinstein's reaction to this would be unsettling, as Tchaikovsky was to return to the conservatory in the autumn and still depended on him.

Keywords: Tchaikovsky; Western Europe; Nadezhda von Meck; Fourth Symphony; Modest Tchaikovsky; Kolya Konradi; San Remo; Nikolay Grigorievich Rubinstein; conservatory

Chapter.  4654 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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