PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Hollywood’s first awards show of the new year included a visit from Wond [...]
Early in 1877, a woman named Nadejda von
Meck had grown interested in Tchaikovsky's work and gave him several commissions
paying him exorbitant fees. She then offered him an annual allowance of 6000
rubles, which allowed him financial independence and the ability to devote all
of his time to composing. Her one condition was that they only write letters and
never meet. He was distraught when she suddenly broke off their relationship.
Their 13-year correspondence ranks among the immortal collections of love