Tchaikovsky : Peter the Great

January 24, 2012

Without further ado, allow me to introduce my favorite classical composer of all times: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

I respect the fact that he stayed true to himself and did not bend under the pressure to conform to a specific type of musical pattern. He somewhat hid his homosexuality but remained comfortable enough with it to openly associate himself with various circles of homosexuals. Overall, he was not afraid of exposing his esotericism. He played by his own rules and his brilliance could not be ignored.

If you are familiar with his work, you know that it is chaotic and disorderly but somehow everything perfectly falls into place just as if he were playing a sequence of musical notes in order. If you are more of a scientist, let’s just say that Tchaikovsky is to music what entropy is to the second law of thermodynamics. Still confused? Then let’s just say that you would never ever be able set a metronome to any of his musical pieces as they were not based on any patterns such as Mozart’s pieces were.

All this madness was a prelude to suicide … Thus Always to Genius You are just a man: The Lunatic Manifesto

Ah ah! Here’s one for you…remember my last post, I stated that my blog is all about connecting the dots! Remember?!

I will give you a little help…

Thus always to Genius” → “Thus Always to Tyrants” is said to have been shouted by Marcus Brutus during the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. It was also shouted by John Booth during his assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Also, it is the state of Virginia’s motto, which is associated with the American Revolution (assassination of British rule).

It is basically seen as an epithet against abuse of power. It can be literally translated into “it always happens to tyrants”.

Well, I transformed it, La Presse* style, and used it in my blog as the following: there is a fine line between brilliance and insanity. Inevitably, that balance will cease to be biologically and / or psychologically manageable and then … no matter how great a genius might think he is … he is just a man.

As a matter of fact, during the great Roman Empire, the generals who achieved great victory had crowds of slaves following them around and whispering “Look behind you, remember you just a man” and “Remember (that you are) mortal“. Isn’t it great? Maybe that was a way to try to maintain that equilibrium as long as possible. However long it lasted, the end is always tragic, one way or another → “Thus always to Genius

See, worth the read no? You have learned quite a bit and you now have a response to your recurring question: “What does the title of your blog mean”?

There will be more “dotted notes” to connect in the near future…

* La Presse style:  Canadian Newspaper which transformed Descartes’ « je pense donc je suis (I think, therefore I am) » into « je pense donc je lis (I think, therefore I read) »

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One Response to “Tchaikovsky : Peter the Great”

  1. Langdon Aulger said

    Great read 🙂 As Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails once said “I think there’s something strangely musical about noise”

    Sometimes in music, it’s about the notes you DON’T hear

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