Stanford on Tchaikovsky

“Tchaikovsky reminded me, in more ways than one, of his countryman Tourg√©niew, whom I once met at Madame Viardot’s. He had none of the Northern roughness, was as polished as a Frenchman in his manner, and had something of the Italian in his temperament… For all the belief which he had in himself, he was to all appearances the acme of modesty.”

– Stanford

David Brown (1993) Tchaikovsky Remembered. London: Faber and Faber, p. 188