For those interested in learning more, James Melo, ERC’s Musicologist, recommends the following readings to accompany our newest productions.
- Edward Garden and Nigel Gotteri (eds.), translated by Galina von Meck. To My Best Friend: The Correspondence between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993). This edition of their correspondence covers the most important period of their relationship and includes letters that are relevant to several aspects of Tchaikovsky’s personal life and creative process.
- Tchaikovsky: A Biography (New York: Random House, 1995). The book gives a comprehensive picture of the composer and his music, charting the development of his career in light of the changing events of his private life as seen from a psychoanalytic perspective.
- Leslie Kearney (ed.). Tchaikovsky and His World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998). Part of the Bard Music Festival series, it offers a valuable collection of illuminating articles reflecting scholarship on several aspects of the composer’s life and career, including some previously unpublished letters to his brother Modest about Tchaikovsky’s sexual exploits. Some of the material, which had been censored by the Soviet regime, is published for the first time here.
- Roland John Wiley. Tchaikovsky (New York : Oxford University Press, 2009, The Master Musicians series). The most recent biography of the composer. Includes a special chapter about the circumstances of Tchaikovsky’s death.
- Alexander Poznansky (editor and compiler); translated by Ralph C. Burr, Jr., and Robert Burr. Tchaikovsky through Others' Eyes (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999). A varied and informative collection of impressions of Tchaikovsky by his contemporaries.