Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky - 19th Century

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., page 260:

The music of Don Giovanni was the first music to produce an overwhelming effect on me and it aroused in me a holy ecstasy that bore fruit later on. Through it I entered the realm of artistic beauty where only the greatest geniuses dwell. Until that time I had known only Italian opera. Mozart is responsible for my having dedicated my life to music. He gave the first impetus to my musical strength; he made me love music more than anything else in the world.
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Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 260. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424697049125 accessed: 20 September, 2021

Listeners

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Composer
1840-1893

Listening to

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Don Giovanni
written by Mozart

Experience Information

Date/Time 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Notes

Letter from Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck, an admirer of Tchaikovsky who granted him an annuity for thirteen years, Clarens, March 28, 1878.


Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:10:49 +0000
Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:22:00 +0000