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Perceptions of Homosexuality in Tchaikovsky Criticism

Context: Journal of Music Research
Issue 4 (Summer 1992 - 1993)

Abstract: The article reviews existing Tchaikovsky criticism to determine the extent to which critics' knowledge of the composer's sexuality affected their interpretation and evaluation of his music. The focus is on critics' perceptions of homosexuality in Tchaikovsky's work. Social prejudice against homosexuality gave rise to the myth of Tchaikovsky as a disturbed and lonely composer. It is argued that critics' personal prejudice is often disguised as aesthetic concern and influences their value judgments of musical compositions.

To cite this article: Smith, Nigel. Perceptions of Homosexuality in Tchaikovsky Criticism [online]. Context: Journal of Music Research, No. 4, Summer 1992 - 1993: 3-9. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=625912491528485;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1038-4006. [cited 28 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Smith, Nigel; Source: Context: Journal of Music Research, No. 4, Summer 1992 - 1993: 3-9 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1038-4006 Subject: Composers; Gender identity in music; Symphonies; Biography; Music; Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Homosexuality and music; Peer Reviewed: Yes

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection