“Any deep and strong indescribable pleasure is felt by a conductor as he leads a good orchestra.” This is how Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky began part 19 of his dairies. It included a critical reading of how the Russians and the world received his musical work and opera. He also criticized Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No.1 which critics described as an extension of Beethoven and which was dubbed Beethoven’s tenth. Tchaikovsky voiced his anger and complained: “They are highly praising Brahms in Germany and I see nothing attractive about him.” Tchaikovsky said Brahms’ music is full of pretension because it’s deep when it’s not. He then commended the progress of French musicians during his era and held Richard Wagner responsible for the deterioration of German music. Tchaikovsky then addressed music’s relation with politics, arts, philosophy and ideas.
The development of music and historical transformations
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