The final image shows a younger Tchaikovsky emotionally embraced by a man, something he may have experienced in his life while struggling wtih his sexuality. Yet Tchaikovsky gazes into the distance, as if he cannot feel the embrace or does not want to acknowledge it.
Born in Russia in 1840, Tchaikovsky is best known for the 1812 Overture, ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and his dramatic opera Eugene Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s death in 1893 at the age of only 53 is still the subject of much controversy. Officially he died of cholera. However, there is also evidence which suggests that he may have been encouraged to take his own life when an imminent public outing threatened to embarrass the influential alumni of his former college.
Tchaikovsky: The Lonely Heart will performed for one night only at Pitt Street Uniting Church on Saturday 3 November at 7.30pm. SGLC will be joined by a string quartet and soprano and baritone soloists to perform some of Tchaikovsky’s most emotionally charged choral and chamber works.
Tickets are $45 or $30 concession and can be booked at www.sglc.org or purchased on the door.