Love Song 2 – The Death of Eduard Zak

Love Song: The Triumph and Tragedy of Tchaikovsky is told through the voice of the great 19th-century Russian composer Tchaikovsky as he looks back on his life in “old age”: he died aged 53 but, with his pale-grey hair, looked much older. The scenes are enacted against the voice-over of Tchaikovsky, combined with spoken dialogue to camera, and accompanying music by the composer that underscores a scene’s atmosphere.

Tchaikovsky is depicted in two crucial periods:

1. at 29 at the start of the composer’s relationship with his student Eduard Zak when Tchaikovsky was employed as a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, and
2. at the age of 53 as he looks back on his life.

The film is based on extensive original research by the filmmaker which he believes reveals for the first time on film the real story behind the creation of Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overture Romeo and Juliet which gave the world one of the most famous love themes ever written. All the characters depicted in the film actually existed and the facts are presented in biopic form.

Love Song, which climaxes with “The Death of Eduard Zak” scene, has won many prestigious international awards. The Death of Eduard Zak has also attracted worldwide success.