Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky 1840-1893

By Pratik Nepali

Early life of Tchaicovsky

Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk which located in Russia his father's name is Ilya and his mother's name is Alexandra she is Ilya's second wife and she was the one who was responsible for bringing music in the lives of the Tchaikovsky family, hosting musical soirees in thier Votkinsk home. Tchaikovsky adored his mother and he had a half-sister, Zinaida, the daughter of Ilya Petrovich and his second wife and he also had an older brother, Nikolay, a younger sister Alexandra whom he beloved and who was to be supporting person in his life, younger brother, Ippolit and twin brothers, Modest and Anatol, with whom he enjoyed a close relationship. In 1843, inspired by the french culture, Tchaikovsky's mother hired a governess to educate her children her name was Fanny Durback, a 22-year-old French Protestant who was to become a influence in the life of the young composer. She used to call him ''un enfant de verre'' (child of glass). because of his sensitivity and his gift. Fanny recalled Tchaikovsky as an child becuase his clothes ''were always in disorder and stained in his absentmindedness or the buttons were missing, and his hair used to be half brushed.'' She also worried that obsession with music that he at such an early age was unhealthy. She preferred that he should study and read books or listen to stories. When he was three years old Tchaikovsky began to show a strong interest in music and it is said that he produced his first composition when he was only four years old. In the meantime, Tchaikovsky's father knowing his wife's dissatisfied with life in Votkinsk and yearned for the attractions of city life. Ilya Petrovich resigned his comfortable position and moved the family to Moscow, but then in November 1848 they again moved to St. Petersburg. Ilya Petrovich and his older brother Nikolay were enrolled in the fashionable Schmelling School, which Peter hated. The school was very hard on the boys but on, February 1848, both boys developed measles. Nikolay got better, but Peter was very ill for weeks. The doctor said that he developed a disease of the spinal cord (possibly meningitis. Peter was ordered to have complete rest for an indefinite period of time. In 1854, a big tragedy struck when Peter's beloved mother died of cholera. Her illness and death came very quickly. It was a dramatic and tragic event from which he never recovered.On 25th anniversary of his mother's death, he wrote to a friend: ''Every moment of that appalling day is as vivid to me as though it was yesterday.'' Music was a part of Peter's schooling, he became acquainted with the work's of Rossini, Bellini, Verdi and Mozart, he also used to sing in the choir after school, after choir practice, Peter would often entertain his friends at the piano by improvising on whatever tunes they'd been singing. He also used to write and keep a private diary he called ''Everything'' which he left lying around in his desk at school, rather than locking it away. In December,1876, Madame Nadezhda Von Meck entered his life. She was a wealthy widow, with some peculiar habits, who loved music and admired Tchaikovsky's work. In many regards she came to become his best friend.
Lang Lang plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23 [HD]


"Lang Lang Plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Opus 23 [HD]."YouTube. 13 Sept. 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2015.