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The Baroness and the Musician

The Baroness and the Musician

Author: Henri Troyat

ISBN: 954-320-017-3
Category: Biographies
Cover: Paperback, Format: 13x20, Pages: 126, Weight: 100 g

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In 19th century Russia, the Baroness von Meck, a rich widow and mother of eleven children, falls in love with the irresistible Tchaikovsky... or rather with his art. For her he represents a living, all-engulfing symphony. So that he can devote his full time to his art, she offers him a monthly income, but under one condition: that they will never see each other. The agreement is made, and in the course of fourteen years the baroness donates her money to Tchaikovsky, the two exchange an abundant correspondence in which the composer presents his views on music, literature, religion, history, politics... until the moment when she feels his seeming love for her actually stems from purely a material interest and that he has other, questionable inclinations. At that point both the ‘sponsorship' and the letters come to a stop. With his typical skill Henri Troyat traces this strange connection between the charming Madame von Meck, who strives to play the role of patron of the arts and enlightened connoisseur, but is often subject to unrestrained outbursts of bad temper, and the vast spiritual world of the musical genius.

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