Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

by Justin Kerr

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Tchaikovsky's Life

Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia on May 7, 1840. He aws born into a rich estate for his father was an influential citizen in Votkinsk. His family was not known for their interest in music. Piotr's parents names were Ilya Tchaikovsky (father) and Alexandra Tchikovsky (mother). Piotr adored his mother and she was the one who brought music to the Tchikovsky estate.
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Votkinsk, Russia

This is a picture of the Tchaikovsky estate in Votkinsk, Russia. He had many siblings to play with and he was tutored by Fanny Durback here. Fanny was a major influence in the life of the young composer. She recognized Piotr's sensitivity and giftedness. Piortr was a soft-hearted child. He once tried to find a home for the last kitten in a liter born to a cat belonging to one of his father's serfs.
Lang Lang plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23 [HD]

Tchaikovsky's Music

This piece was Tchaikovsky's first Concerto and it is a very popular piece of music today. Piortr's music is very emotional because, his music was made in the Romantical Age of Music. It is not similar to any other music you will hear. There is sometimes a piano soloist in his music because, Tchaikovsky played the piano.

Other Music

7 Symphonies

2 Stage Works

11 Piano Works

3 Ballets

4 Operas

And many more...


Was said to have average musical abilities as a child. He composed the first, second, and sixth most performed ballets. When composing Tchaikovsky would hold his chin thinking his head would fall off.


Portrait: Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Russian composer. Tchaikovsky seated in chair, elbow on table, head on hand. Portrait Music Romantic Musician. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.

Tchaikovsky estate: TCHAIKOVSKY - House at Votkinsk where he was born.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.

Youtube Video: "Lang Lang Plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Opus 23 [HD]." YouTube. YouTube, 13 Sept. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

Facts Video: "Classic FM's Fast and Friendly Guide to Tchaikovsky." YouTube. 9 July 2012. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.