Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

1840-1893 Tej Pemmarazu

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Tchaikovsky's early life

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk Russia, and lead a pretty devastating life. Pyotr's father was Ilya Petrovich , a magistrate and very influential person in Votkinsk and his mother was Alexandra, Ilya's second wife and the person who brought music into the Tchaikovsky family. Tchaikovsky loved his mother, but she turnd out to be a very cold and distant person. In 1843, Alexandra hired Fanny Durback who was to be a major influence in Tchaikovsky's life. Tchaikovsky had very traumatic moments in his life, like the leaving and death of his mother, and with his softhearted nature, it was very hard for him to overcome these.
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Tchaikovsky's Home

This map of Russia in 1874 shows a good representation of where Tchaikovsky was born and raised. Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Germany and spent pretty much all of his life there. All of Tchaikovsky's family came from Russia. His mom was from St. Petersburg, a very well known and prosperous city in Russia, and his father came from Votkinsk, which was where Pyotr was born as well. Tchaikovsky was so patriotic and loved his country so much, that at a young age he had an atlas and started kissing Russia while spitting on the other countries.
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons)

1812 Overtune

One of Tchaikovsky's most popular works, the 1812 Overture was made to celebrate Tsar's Silver Junilee and Russia's defeat of Napoleon. This piece of music is usually associated with war because of its loud and patriotic feel to it. This is often played in march bands and is used often is the U.S. army. This music is extremely recognizable because of its use of a cannon as a instrument.

Other Music by Tchaikovsky

  • Eugene Onegin
  • Fourth Symphony
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Swan Lake
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Nutcracker Suite
  • Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra

Tchaikovsky's Legacy

Tchaikovsky was one of the greatest composers in history. Although he struggled to overcome many traumatic events because of his softhearted personality, he was still able to create some of the most significant and recognizable music of all time. Tchaikovsky also revolutionized ballet with his extremely popular songs like swan lake and the nutcracker suite, which are still played and performed today. Overall, Tchaikovsky has shaped and reformed music as it is and is an inspiration to many because of his outstanding music and his genius of incorporating completely non related music things (like a cannon) into his music.


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P I Tchaikovsky - portrait of Russian composer.. Photograph. Encyclopædia
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Russia Map 1874 Gotha, Justus Perthes. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica
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