Nine days later, he died. His death is universally considered to have been a suicide, but the circumstances leading to it have become a musicological controversy that is yet to be resolved.
Once considered by his contemporaries to be too Western in his style, Tchaikovsky was later lionized by Igor Stravinsky as the most Russian of Russian composers. He is today one of the most popular of all composers, and he created masterpieces in every genre. His music seems uniquely suited to ballet, with its inexhaustible stream of melody, an instinctive sense of movement considered ideal for the human body, and an irresistible rhythmic pulse and brilliant orchestration.
John Cranko’s ballet Onegin
does not contain music from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin.
Instead, German composer and arranger Kurt-Heinz Stolze
culled the music from various compositions by Tchaikovsky and arranged most of it himself:
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