Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky 1840-1893

Created by Aaron Rumfola

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Tchaikovsky's Life

Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia in 1840. He was born with two sisters and four brothers.He loved his mother very much, but she was actually a mean and self absorbed person who wanted to live in the city. His mother hired a nanny called Fanny. She loved Tchaikovsky very much and noticed he was very delicate and shy. When Tchaikovsky was ten, his mother sent him to boarding school. He loved him mother so much, that he held onto the carriage while it was driving through the mud. This was a traumatic event for him. A couple years later his mother died. Another traumatic event was when he fell in love with Desiree Artot, a opera singer. Tchaikovsky was in love with her so much that he made music for her, but she married with no word of warning. Tchaikovsky eventually died in 1893.
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Map of Russia

This is a map of Russia in 1874. This was in the middle of Tchaikovsky's life so it relates to his life a lot. Tchaikovsky loved Russia very much, and hated all other countries around it. He even wrote 1812 Overture about it for the celebrations of the defeat of Napoleon.
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons)

1812 Overture

1812 is considered as one of Tchaikovsky's most famous piece. It was created in 1880 for the celebrations of Tsar's Silver Junille and Russia's defeat over Napoleon, the emperor of France. It was not very popular at his time because he thought it was very noisy, and no regard to the pealing of the church and no cannons for the victory and celebration. Later on though, the 1812 Overture is often performed as the finale of concerts.

Other Music

  • Symphonies No. 1-6
  • Piano Concerto Number 1
  • Swan Lake
  • Romeo and Juliet Nutcracker Suite
  • Variations on a Rocco Theme for Cello and Orchestra
  • Marche Slave
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Eugene Onegin
  • The Queen of Spades

Interesting Facts

  • Some people who have never heard his music could recognize a few tunes.
  • There is much emotion in his music.
  • His ballets yo some of his music is the most famous in the world.
  • He used very new instruments in his time in his music, "The Nutcracker" and "The Dance of Sugar Plum Fairy".
  • He never liked 1812 Overture, even though it is very famous.
  • No one knows really knows how he died, some say it was cholera, and others say he killed himself.


Peter Tchaikovsky / Photo Panow. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.

Russia Map 1874 Gotha, Justus Perthes. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.

2213, Avrilfan. "Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons)."YouTube. 21 Feb. 2011. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.

"Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)." Kids Music Corner RSS. Web. 17 Dec. 2015