Tchaikovsky On Depression And Finding Beauty Amid The Wreckage Of The Soul

“Life is beautiful in spite of everything!…There are many thorns, but the roses are there too.”

Tchaikovsky notes his cyclical lapses into depression, undergirded by a dogged dedication to looking for beauty and meaning amid the spiritual wreckage. This intimate tango of sadness and radiance is ultimately what gives his music its timeless edge in penetrating the soul.

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