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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Aug. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195368924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195368925
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 4.1 x 14.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An important and serious work by a respected Tchaikovsky scholar that is informative, entertaining, and useful in understanding and appreciating the composer's life and music. Highly recommended!" --Slavic and East European Journal

"Roland John Wiley has written a masterful re-evaluation of Tchaikovsky's life and work. He uses sources critically and discusses the music as serious art, worthy of inclusion in the Western canon on its merits. No other biography of Tchaikovsky surpasses his achievement." Robert W. Oldani, Arizona State University

"It is a formidable challenge to present a comprehensive life-and-works study of Tchaikovsky in one volume, but the author has risen to it with aplomb. He presents us with a great deal of new information from previously censored, as well as neglected sources, and his approach throughout is refreshingly clear and objective." Rosamund Bartlett, Chekhov: Scenes from a Life (Simon and Schuster/Free Press, 2004)

" intrepid scholar...Wiley's knowledge of primary and secondary sources is extraordinary...tremendously useful..."-Opera News

"...the rare volume that ought to satisfy professional musicians and general readers alike...a smart, questing and refreshingly clear-sighted companion to the man and his work."-The Washington Post

"Offers straightforward, concise synopses, along with analyses of the musical highlights...A valuable research resource."--Opera News

"The reader is granted a more detailed picture of Tchaikovsky's day-to-day life than has been achieved in any single-volume biography of the composer to date...The book is prodigiously well documented and annotated, and can be profitably read as a guide to the vast secondary literature." --Music & Letters

About the Author

Roland John Wiley is Professor of Music at the University of Michigan and is the author of Tchaikovsky's Ballets.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Crisp Prose, Objective Scholarship, and a Fun Read! May 1 2010
By Lee O. Stokowski - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In a volume that has brought forth criticism of "turgid, plodding, and pointless" from a News Junkie, one wonders what The Spare Bedroom Press has brought forth on the public. Well, quite simply what's been done here is a soundly researched and intelligently voiced biography of a composer who desperately needs it. So florid is the usual writing about Tchaikovsky that it's difficult not to think that the writer is trying to imitate the character of the music itself, rather than the person who composed it.

It a forthright, exceptionally well researched and purposefully well mixed scholarly and popular melange of prose, Roland John Wiley has managed to bring off a first rate volume. Would that this kind of dedication and puckish humor extended beyond the confines of his preferred specialities of Russian music to a larger canon of 19th century Beethovinian, Schubertian, or Chopinesque repertoire.

We would all be the richer for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a very good biography for students of music Dec 20 2014
By Terrence R. Calabrese - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very good biography for students of music, musicians, and those who love the music of Tchaikovsky. It is an in depth portrait of the man and his musical genius. Being there are many pages of music provided, it helps if you can play the piano.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
excellent biography Feb. 8 2010
By Miriam White - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's an excellent biography and a real page-turner.
It also was shipped on time and came in an excellent condition.
2 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Save your money Nov. 4 2009
By Forrest Chisman - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although it has been well reviewed, this book is turgid, plodding, and pointless. The pointlessness is deliberate. Amazingly the author goes out of his way to state that his thesis is that an accurate and insightful biography of Tcshaikovsky CANNOT be written. He proves his point, which may satisfy him personally, but leaves the reader wondering why he wasted his time and money.