About Tchaikovsky's (or Ãƒâ€¡iaikowski, or whatever way his name is really spelt) I once watched a TV program that suggested the following.\r\n\r\nApparently Tchaikovsky wasn't ashamed of his homosexuality as such; but he felt disgusted because of his uncontrollable urge to seek young male prostitutes in the slums of Moscow, almost every night. Now it seems that you can catch cholera by kissing an infected person (or was it oral sex? I don't quite remember). \r\n\r\nBe that what it may, it seems there were a lot of inconsistencies about his brother's story Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the polluted water one, and there were reasons to hide the real cause of his death. \r\n\r\nI'm probably mixing stories now (Wilde and Ãƒâ€¡iaik), but I think Ãƒâ€¡iaik. was threatened because of a relation with a very highly placed aristocrat. \r\n\r\nThis is a muddled post, I know. Anyway, it seems the glass of water story is rather flawed. \r\n\r\nMore, anyone?\r\n\r\nP.S.: The gay lobby is now trying to identify HÃƒÂ¤ndel as a homo, too. Gay musicians (there are a lot of them Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and lesbians, too Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in early music, I can't imagine why) are very fond of this interpretation. But the gay lobby would like every influent person to be homosexual, so I don't really believe this. The article was published in Journal I don't read (Gay and Lesbian Musicians Quarterly, or something like that), so I cannot comment any further. \r\n\r\nP.P.S.: This is a completely futile post. I just ramble and make no contribution whatever. Must be the heat!