Cultural Influences on Russia's Musical Voice

Sources for Further Information about Russian Music and Tchaikovsky

Defining Russia Musically, by Richard Taruskin. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997. One of the current experts on Russian music.
Music Library ML300 .T37 1997
Letters to His Family: An Autobiography,by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, translated by Galina von Mech, with additional annotations by Percy M. Young. New York: Stein & Day, 1981.
Music Library ML410.C4 A477
The Life and Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, by Modeste Tchaikovsky, edited and translated from the Russian with an introduction by Rosa Newmarch. New York: J. Lane, 1906.
Music Library ML410.C4 C3
The New Grove Russian Masters 1: Glinka, Borodin, Balakirev, Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky, by David Brown et al. New York: Norton, 1986. Essays by leading scholars, including David Brown on Tchaikovsky and Gerald Abraham on others.
Music Library ML390 .N542 1986
The New Grove Russian Masters 2: Rimsky-Korsakov, Skryabin, Rakhmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, by Gerald Abraham, et al. New York: Norton, 1986. Abraham on Rimsky-Korsakov and other more recent 20th century musicians.
Music Library ML390 .N5422 1986
Russians on Russian Music, 1830-1880: An Anthology, edited by Stuart Campbell. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Music Library ML300.4 .R87 1994
Tchaikovsky and His World, edited by Leslie Kearney. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. Each year the Bard Music Festival releases a scholarly book on the subject of that year's festival. This was the book for the 1998 festival on Tchaikovsky.
Music Library ML410.C4 T36 1998
Tchaikovsky in America: The Composer's Visit in 1891, by Elkhonon Yoffe. Translated from the Russian by Lidya Yoffe. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.
Music Library ML410.C4 Y63 1986
To My Best Friend: Correspondence Between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck, 1876-1878, translated by Galina von Meck, edited by Edward Garden and Nigel Gotteri, with an introduction by Edward Garden. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Music Library ML410.C4 A4 1993

Discography and List of Works Consulted

Greetings from Russia. Supraphon, 1988. Russian Easter Festival Overture, op. 36, by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. Excerpt from the beginning with the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, Oskar Danon, conductor.
Music Listening Ctr. SC 1562
Pique Dame: The Queen of Spades, by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. RCA Victor, 1992. Excerpt from the last scene of Act II, with Mirella Freni and Vladimir Atlantov, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, conductor.
Music Listening Ctr. SC 2338
Serenade for Strings in C, op. 48, by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. RCA Victor, 1990. Excerpt from the first movement, Andante non Troppo. Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet, conductor.
Music Listening Ctr. SC 1561
String Quartets, Nos. 1-3; Souvenir de Florence, by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Teldec, 1993. First excerpt from String Quartet no. 1 in D major, op. 11. Second Movement, Andante Cantabile. Borodin Quartet. Second excerpt from Souvenir de Florence, op. 70. String sextet, Fourth Movement, Allegro Vivace. Borodin Quartet with Yuri Yurov, viola, and Mikhail Milman, violoncello.
Music Listening Ctr. SC 2858
"A Festival Is Tackling . . . Did They Say Beethoven?," by James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, August 11, 2000, Section E, p. 1, col. 1., edited by Laura Macy. New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 2001. Online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera.
Leningrad: Architectural Landmarks, Art Museums, Suburban Palaces, and Parks: An Illustrated Guide, text of the chapters and selection by Igor Bartenev and Valentina Batazhkova, translated from the Russian by Alexander Miller. Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers, 1985.
Pamiatniki arkhitektury Leningrada, chief editor, N. N. Belekhova. Leningrad: Gos. izd-vo lit-ry po stroitelstvu, arkhitekture i stroit. materialam, 1958.
"Tchaikovsky's Visit to Baltimore," by James Mullen, Maryland Historical Magazine, vol. 34 (1939), pp. 41-45.
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