Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky

1840-1893 Sasha Giniger

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Early Life

We know a lot about Tchaikovsky's early life. He was born May 7, 1840, in the town of Votkinsk. His parents were Ilya and Alexandra Petrovich. He adored his mother his whole life and her death, in 1854, was one of the most traumatic things ever to happen to him. His parents got him a nanny, Fanny, when he was a little boy. She greatly shaped his character as he grew up.
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Tchaikovsky's Russia

Tchaikovsky was born and raised in Russia and he had a great sense of patriotism. When he was a little boy, he would take out maps and kiss Russia while spitting on all of the countries around it. Many of his musical works reflect his sense of patriotism.
Russian Dance - Nutcracker

Nutcracker

One of Tchaikovsky's best known works is the music for the Nutcracker. He wrote all the music for the ballet and it is still danced today. Shown above is an excerpt from a performance of it. There is a part in the ballet where dancers, representing different nationalities have solos. This specific one is the Russian dance.

Tchaikovsky's Other Music

Some of Tchaikovsky's best known music includes the music for the ballet Swan Lake. He also wrote a musical version of Romeo and Juliet. His music also includes the well known 1812 Overture. This is famous for using real canons as percussion instruments.

Tchaikovsky's Legacy

All of his music is still known and played today. His ballets, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, are still performed all the time. The 1812 Overture is still known worldwide for its creativity. He pushed the boundaries of conventional music and is still remembered today for it.

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