Something for Thursday

Today begins Pride Month, which I enthusiastically support and will continue to do so, for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

I start with a work by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, whom most scholars agree was almost certainly homosexual. He had to remain closeted his entire life; Imperial Russia was not a place friendly to non-straight people; come to that, post-Imperial Russia hasn’t been great for those people, either. There seems to be a shadow coming over that community these days; let us hope that it is only a passing shadow.

Here’s Capriccio Italien.

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