Tchaikovsky writes to Nadezhda von Meck that Tatyana is not just a provincial little girl that falls for the man of the world. She is a dreamy and impressionable young woman in search of her ideal love. If no one matches Tatyana’s ideal, she remains disappointed but serene. With the appearance of one man (Onegin) who stands out, Tatyana’s imagines that her ideal has come and her intense passion is revealed
Commenting on composer/pianist Sergei Taneyev's mistaken remark, Tchaikovsky explains that Tatyana falls in love with Onegin instantly. Before Onegin even appears on the scene, Tatyana is in love with her ideal of a romantic hero, instilling these qualities into Onegin at first sight.
Apparently, Modest Tchaikovsky, composer's brother, criticized Onegin for potentially lack of scenic effect and action. This annoyed Pyotr, but he didn't care. He was immersed in the opera, in love with Tatyana's image, and enchanted by Pushkin's verse.
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