Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

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Tchaikovsky's Early Life

Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia on May 7, 1840. His father's name was Ilya Petrovich, and he was a magistrate that lived on a large piece of land. Tchaikovsky loved his mother, Alexandra, but she didn't love him back. Alexandra was a cold and distant woman. Tchaikovsky was a soft hearted boy that cared for the little things in life.
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Where Tchaikovsky Lived

Tchaikovsky lived in Votkinsk, Russia and had a good life there. His father was a magistrate and was very wealthy. Tchaikovsky adored Russia. One time when he had a map in front of him, he kissed Russia and spit on everything else. A governess named Fanny saw him do that, there were other people in the world and that she herself had come from France. Tchaikovsky then explained that he had covered up France with his arm.
Lang Lang plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23 [HD]

Piano Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky created some of the most beautiful types of music. For example, he created Piano Concerto No. 1. He first dedicated this piece of music to Nikolay Rubinstein, but after he said he disliked it, Tchaikovsky got furious and the decided to dedicate it to Hans von Bulow, who was a German virtuoso pianist and conductor.

Other Known Music

Not only did Tchaikovsky create Piano Concerto No. 1, but he also created Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker Suite, Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, and 1812 Overture. But this isn't all of them. Tchaikovsky wrote many pieces of music.

Facts About Tchaikovsky

When Tchaikovsky was 10 years old, he was sent to a preparatory school. He had to be separated from his mother, and during the ride Tchaikovsky maintained self-control. When the time actually came for his mother to leave, he lost all of his self control and grabbed onto the carriage door. He had to be removed by force and as the carriage started to move away, he ran towards it and grabbed the back of the carriage and was dragged against the cobbled street. The carriage's increasing speed made Tchaikovsky let go, causing him to fall down in the dirt. That memory stayed with Tchaikovsky for the rest of his life. Two years after leaving his mother, he then was met with some news. His mother had died of cholera. Tchaikovsky never recovered from that event.
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Tchaikovsky's house

Tchaikovsky lived in a good life in a good life. He was apart of a wealthy family.

Citations

Portrait of the composer Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.
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Map of Russia. Illustration. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.
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"Lang Lang Plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Opus 23 [HD]." YouTube. 13 Sept. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.


Tchaikovsky-House Klin / Exterior /Photo. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 17 Dec 2015.
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