"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

25 April 2018

Happy birthday, Tchaikovsky.

Kuznetsov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1893

It is already a great thing if the main ideas and general outline of a work come without any racking of brains, as the result of that supernatural and inexplicable force we call inspiration.  What I have set down in a moment of ardor I must then critically examine. Sometimes I must do myself violence before I can mercilessly erase things thought out with love.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Viktoria Mullova performs the Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35; Maxim Shostakovich conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra ...

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