When we look at famous composers, we often assume that they were always famous and everything they composed was loved by the public. The reality is anything but. Take Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet overture, for instance. It took ten years and three rewrites for Tchaikovsky to finish it. Just as with many other works by Tchaikovsky, the initial reception of Romeo and Juliet was very cold in both Russia and Europe. It was even hissed at during its premier in Vienna. But this masterpiece is not to be hissed at. Enjoy.
Painting by Alex Katsenelson