FACTS on Tchaikovsky's VIOLIN CONCERTO:
In the summer of 1877, Tchaikovsky was on the verge of mental collapse from a life of disguise and a failed marriage. His brother, Modeste came to his rescue and they left for Switzerland and settled on Lake Geneva.
That was exactly what Tchaikovsky needed to keep his sanity, so he soon started working on a new composition. Then he got a visit from one of his ex students, Joseph Kotek who was a talented violinist. Motivated, Tchaikovsky begun working on a piece for a violin and completed it in within a very short period of time.
At the completion of the composition, Tchaikovsky sent the manuscript to a colleague violinist of his to have it premiered. Unfortunately, not only his friend passed on it as unplayable, he influenced other violinists’ opinion about it too.
Three years later, another colleague of Tchaikovsky at the Moscow Conservatory, took the challenge and premiered it in Vienna. Although, the initial critic was not favorable, it soon started getting raving reviews from the public as well as musicians.
Although, this violin concerto is considered one of the most technically challenging, it is easy to listen to. It is melodic and simply beautiful.
****We meet in the lobby, to the left side at 7:30.