Pyotr Tchaikovsky was born on this day in 1840.
There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.
Mischa Maisky performs the Nocturne in D minor, Op. 19 No. 4 with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfort Radio Symphony ...