|copyright (c) 2009 Sharon Edmunds|
Tchaikovsky & The Winged Messenger, Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 14"
I adore the music Tchaikovsky created. I paint to it. I dream with it. I cherish it. I get lost in his lyrical melodies and dramatic harmonies: the sublime moments of joy and the profound moments of heartbreaking longing and despair.
He was an innovative composer. His music pleased few. He was considered too modern for the West and too Western for Russia.
When Swan Lake was premiered it was not well received. He was attacked for wasting his talent by composing music for the ballet. He would go on to compose the music for The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. He would prove his critics wrong.
He was hated & loved, loved & hated, & loved again.
He would work.
He created 6 Symphonies, 7 for those who count Manfred; 10 Operas, including Eugene Onegin and Pique Dame; 3 Ballets; Orchestral Suites; Works for Orchestra, including Serenade in C for String Orchestra, The 1812 Overture, and The Tempest; Solo & Chamber Music, including The Seasons and Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher; and Concerti & Concert Pieces, including Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, and Violin Concerto in D major.
He created a world full of beautiful gifts.
One of my favorite pieces: Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Act 1, Waltz.