Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Russia

from Musings & memories of a musician, page 60:

And it was in Moscow that I first met Tschaikovsky, a most amiable, kind, gentle, modest man, with just that touch of melancholy in his composition which to me seems to be a characteristic of the Russian. I spent a week in Moscow, singing, among other things, in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, in Russian, a language which in my opinion, as regards melodiousness, comes immediately after the Italian. Nicolai Rubinstein conducted an excellent performance, and afterwards he, Tschaikovsky, and I had supper.

cite as

Georg Henschel, Musings & memories of a musician (London, 1918), p. 60. accessed: 21 November, 2017

location of experience: Russia


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Listening to

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9th Symphony
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Georg Henschel

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private, in the company of others

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:09:40 +0000
Approved on Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:03:24 +0000