Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1840-1893 By Jet Raj

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Early Life

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia, on May 7, 1840. Tchaikovsky had six siblings. He was quite close to all of them. Piotr was known to be very softhearted as a child. He was once found that in his free time, he went from home to home trying to find a home for a kitten. Piotr developed a strong interest in music at a very young age. He began to compose as soon as he knew what music was. Piotr's family didn't think too much of his musical ability and soon sent him to a boarding school.
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From an early age, Tchaikovsky loved all things Russian. Fanny, a governess hired to assist with his and his siblings' education, once found Piotr kissing Russia on an Atlas but spitting on all countries around it. His love for Russia was also later shown in some of his music. His music often reflected the political scene of Russia.
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet / Gergiev · London Symphony Orchestra · BBC Proms 2007

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet was one of Tchaikovsky's best known work. Unlike many other compositions, Romeo and Juliet was written just because a friend had suggested Tchaikovsky create it. Because of the aggressive and violent tone, many have assumed that the music is supposed to be set to a fight.

Other Music

  • Swan Lake
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Symphony No. 4
  • Nutcracker Suite
  • 1812 Overture
  • Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra


Tchaikovsky died in 1893, perhaps because of cholera from contaminated water. He is now remembered as one of the greatest musicians to ever live. His works are played by countless orchestras all over the world today, and his talent can never be forgotten. He left behind a legacy that inspired many musicians who perform today.

Works Cited


Russia Map 1873 Gotha, Justus Perthes. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 31 May 2016.


Tchaikovsky in 1874 Russian.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 31 May 2016.