Preview: Tchaikovsky. A Russian Icon

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Starring: Elizabeth Handley

Tchaikovsky was a highly complex individual who loved and lived life to the full, but who also suffered the Slavic capacity for gloom. This lecture explores these aspects of his personality, as well as his Western-based background and his heartfelt Russian heritage. All these factors led to the generation of his own unique and instantly recognisable musical

Tchaikovsky's music reflects his continual struggle between despair and hope, the passionate chaos of his emotional intensity, and the carefully structured ordering of its articulation through music. But apart from the passionate outpourings - typical of the Romantic Era, you will enjoy his rich and colourful orchestration, his glorious melodies, and his ability to address us each individually - the key to his universal appeal.