Convinced that his opera Vakula the Smith was going to prove that he wasn't a flop, Tchaikovsky did everything he could to ensure that a production of his "precious child" would follow through and be a success, even if he had to make major changes and rename it to Cherevichki.
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Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
Music used in this episode:
"Waltz" from Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Colors of the Moon by Mandala Dreams
Travels of a Snowflake by Calm Shores
Enlightenment by Yonder Dale
Sources used in this episode:
The Life and Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky by Modest Tchaikovsky, edited and translated by Rosa Newmarch
The Diaries of Tchaikovsky, translated by Wladimir Lakond
Cherevichki - Tchaikovsky Research (tchaikovsky-research.net)
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