Year: 1981 Source: Music & Letters, v.62, (April 1981), p.125-145 SIEC No: 19870592

The circumstances surrounding Tchaikovsky’s death have never been fully established. Controversy has continued since the first days of his illness: was the cause cholera or suicide? The author advances the hypothesis that it was suicide. Using letters, medical reports & interviews with historians, she presents a restructured picture of the composer’s last days that shows her theory to be entirely plausible. (LH)