Next Music according to the calendar will commemorate one of the greatest music composers of all time, the Russian romantic Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He died on November 6, 1893, exactly 150 years ago.
During his lifetime, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky became a respected figure in music circles. He is one of the main creators of musical romanticism. Among his best-known works are the three last symphonies, the Piano Concerto in B minor, the Violin Concerto in D major, the ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, as well as the operas Eugene Onegin and Queen of Spades.
There, the author composed the opera to the libretto of his younger brother Modest Ilyich, based on Pushkin’s short story of the same name, in just forty-four days. The central character of the story is the mentally unstable tsarist officer Heřman, whose desire for money is combined with a passion for gambling, which turns even a violent love affair with the Countess’s granddaughter Líza into a negligible quantity. It was the strangeness and exclusivity of Heřman’s character that apparently drove the composer to such a short-term purposeful creation. Tchaikovsky experienced Herman’s fate very intensely, and it is said that his suicide even plunged him into tearful despair.
He will reveal more and offer music samples Martina Klausová in the program, which will premiere in Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m. You can listen to the replays on Sunday, November 12. at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday 15.11. at 10:00 p.m.
Photo: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (©Wikipedia)