May I ask who the name of Tchaikovsky's alchemical partner was?
I have read so many articles that have tried to paint Tchaikovsky as a closet homosexual, but the evidence is slim, and I can only see particular quotations from his diaries about various men that can most certainly be taken out of line: it seems like a very big stretch, as can be seen here:
[quoteIn one letter the composer wrote of encountering a “youth of stunning beauty”, continuing: “After our walk, I offered him some money, which was refused. He does it for the love of art and adores men with beards.”
Russian-born Kostalevsky, who is associate professor of Russian at Bard College, in New York state, said: “This passage has not been included in either the abridged version of the letters printed in Russian editions, or in one English translation.”
In another previously omitted passage, the composer told of a homosexual acquaintance: “Petashenka used to drop by with the criminal intention of observing the Cadet Corps, which is right opposite our windows, but I’ve been trying to discourage these compromising visits – and with some success.”]
Why would Russia censor this? I do not understand and find all this speculation very confusing.
I have loved Tchaikovsky for a long time, and he has helped me understand deeply Christ. It is baffling to even think of this man as homosexual.
Is it also true that Oscar Wilde was homosexual? Or was this false?