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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)


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  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646765

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  • Tchaikovsky's final symphony has fascinated generations of music lovers, amateur and specialist alike, since its first performance just over a century ago. Timothy L. Jackson explores sensitively and without prejudice the question of the Pathétique's program and its relation to Tchaikovsky's homosexuality and death. The book covers the work's conception, genesis, and reception, and presents an in-depth analysis of its remarkable formal structure. The reception chapter investigates the Pathétique's impact on Tchaikovsky's younger contemporaries, most notably Mahler and Rachmaninov, and on more recent Russian composers like Shostakovich and Schnittke. Also explored is the dark side of the symphony's political interpretation in the twentieth century, especially its transformation into a cultural icon of the Third Reich.

    • The most popular symphony of one of the most popular composers
    • Explores Tchaikovsky's homosexuality in relation to the Sixth Symphony
    • Discusses the Sixth Symphony's reception as cultural icon during the Third Reich
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646765
    • length: 168 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 17 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Pathetic' metaphors for sexuality and race, gambling and destiny
    2. Background and early reception
    3. Form and large-scale harmony
    4. The 'not-so-secret' program - a hypothesis
    5. Compositional genesis: the Six Romances Op. 73 and the Pathétique
    6. Deconstructing homosexual Grand Passion Pathétique
    7. Platonic postlude.

  • Author

    Timothy L. Jackson, University of North Texas

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