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Words, ideas and music : a study of Tchaikovsky's last completed work, the Six Songs, Opus 73

Rudeforth, Helen Elizabeth (1999)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This study focuses on P.I. Tchaikovsky's last completed work, the richly symbolic Six Songs, Opus 73. It demonstrates for the first time how Tchaikovsky's significant literary talents impacted on his song output in general, and on this cycle of songs in particular, providing us also with new insights into his personality. The composer selected and sequenced the poems used for the Opus 73 set to form the cycle of texts himself. The resulting songs are underpinned by a network of internal connections, which parallel the techniques used in the original poems in remarkable ways and link subtly with coded fate messages found elsewhere in the composer's output. The study presents evidence which enhances Pyotr Il'ich's reputation as a skilled manipulator of words, ideas and music.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Briggs, A. D. P.
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Humanities
Department:Department of Russian Language and Literature
Subjects:PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
ML Literature of music
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:666
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