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The nineteenth-century composer, P I Tchaikovsky did not die of cholera as the scholars insist. His death bed, as well as his remains, were not administered in compliance with victims of cholera at the time. Furthermore, there was talk of poison among those close to him long before any rumor of cholera. I have also disregarded the possibililty of suicide; Tchaikovsky's fear of death is well documented, and he was making plans for the future when he first became ill. Perhaps the truth of his mysterious death lies elsewhere... Quite a difficult spot to be in as Tchaikovsky's first novelist.
NOTE: The writing of my book, "Pyotr Ilyich," was an eight year endeavor. When I learned that the circumstances of his death are a mystery to this day, I became obsessed with the subject and started researching his life. The story I discovered was amazing, and I felt it would be best shared in a novel format so that the reader could be a fly on the wall and literally be there with him as he composed his works. His life is a colorful one, immersed as he was in the opera, concert hall, and ballet world of Tsarist Russia. After much research, it was finally Tchaikovsky's personal journal entries and correspondences which truly brought him to life in my mind.
Tchaikovsky's homosexuality was a problem, living as he did in the highly conservative mid-to-late nineteenth century. As the author, I dealt with this straight-on, without any apologies or timidity. In that respect, my book would be best appreciated by readers seventeen years or older.
--Adin Dalton holds a degree in Ballet History and Criticism from the University of California and had the great fortune to be tutored there by renowned choreographer Antony Tudor and ballet historian Olga Maynard. Adin now resides in New York City. Visit www.pyotrilyich.com