Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians: Aalt-Cone by Nicolas Slonimsky, Laura Diane Kuhn

By Nicolas Slonimsky, Laura Diane Kuhn

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Rumors of Tchaikovsky's suicide sprouted in British and American journals almost immediately upon his death. Tchaikovsky was a notoriously melancholy genius, and once he really tried to end his difficult existence by walking into the cold waters of the Moskva River, but the chill was so unpleasant that he walked right back to shore. When he died of cholera in November of 1893, it was widely believed that he had deliberately drunk unboiled water in a restaurant xlii during a raging cholera epidemic.

Elwart bears the claim on its title page "avec une biographie authentique de son maitre A. " Upon examination, it turns out that it contains only a couple of pages on Choron. On the other hand, there are books modestly titled that provide a wealth of biographical information not available in special monographs on the subject. Since it is patently impractical to append an evaluation of each bibliographical item in a book of general reference, a reader's attention can be called to a particularly valuable publication by a word or two, such as "important," "of fundamental value," etc.

In 1946 its Municipal Council resolved that the accent should be changed to the grave one. A Belgian musician born in a town with an acute accent may die there with a grave. ABBREVIATIONS. , symph. , and the names of the months (except March and April, which remain unabbreviated) have been eliminated from this edition. No more the impenetrable jungle of Ztsch. / mvt. or Kgl. BIBLIOGRAPHY. In listing sources of information pertaining to the subject of an entry, a conscientious bibliographer ought to use common sense.

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