Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ranks among the greatest composers, yet until recently, much about his life—and death—have been shrouded in mystery. The fall of the Soviet Union lifted back the veil, revealing the harrowing struggles of a gay man trying to survive within an imperial society.
Robert Hartwell holds a doctorate in music education from Columbia University. As professor of music at Foothill College, he specializes in welcoming the uninitiated into the world of classical music. He co-authored a three-volume series on the history of Western music, and contributed to the New Pedagogies in Higher Education series. He has served as a pre-performance lecturer for the San Francisco Opera.