Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

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Tchaikovsky's Life

Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Russia. Ilya Petrovich, Tchaikovsky's father, was a very influential magistrate. He lived on an enormous estate with serfs and a private army. Alexandra, Tchaikovsky's mother, was basically the family music organizer. She hosted musical soirees in the Tchaikovsky family. Tchaikovsky's youngest memories were of his mother and her large and beautiful hands. When he was a boy, Tchaikovsky's mother hired a nanny. She was called"Fanny." Tchaikovsky never married as he was rejected by other women. Tchaikovsky died November 6, 1893.
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Votkinsk, Russia: Tchaikovsky's Home

By living in Russia so long he gained complete loyalty to the country. He once took a map and started spitting on all the other countries and kissing Russia. Fanny came into the room and said that you should respect other countries, because she herself was from France. But then Tchaikovsky replied and said, "But Fanny, didn't you see I was covering France with my arm?"
The Best of Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky's Music

Some of Tchaikovsky's music was made to accompany an act such as Romeo and Juliet, while some where simply music. Tchaikovsky's music could be considered legendary.

Other known music

  • The Nutcracker
  • Swan Lake
  • The Seasons
  • 1812 Overture
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
  • The Queen of Spades

other facts

When he was young, Tchaikovsky could be best described as a very sensitive child. Throughout his life he was "rejected" several times. The first time (which he never got over) was when his mother applied him at a boarding school. He cried and wailed when his mother started leaving him. To add to this "tragedy," his mother died almost a year after she left. Another time he was rejected was when he fell in love with a celebrity. He even dedicated a piece of music to her. Sadly for Tchaikovsky, she did not love him back and she married another man. One day Tchaikovsky met this woman. The woman became his financial supporter as she gave him an annual allowance. They soon became best friends. They were best friends for thirteen years until their relationship came to a sudden end. The woman sent Tchaikovsky a note saying that she couldn't support him anymore. Tchaikovsky could never get over the idea that she just wanted to end the friendship.


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