Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

BY NIKITA KLEYNER

Tchaikovsky: The Unlikely Music Legend

Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votkisnk, Russia to Alexandra and Ilya Petrovich. Tchaikovsky's father was quite wealthy and despite Alexandra being an icy person Piotr always loved her. Tchaikovsky had six siblings and they all spent their young years being governed by a woman called Fanny Durback, who did not support Tchaikovsky in his music. Piotr was sensitive and soft even while he was young, and when he was sent off to preparatory school he created a huge scene after realizing his mother was leaving him. Tchaikovsky then experienced a traumatic event in 1854 when his beloved mother died of cholera.

Tchikovsky composed Romeo and Juliet in 1870 which did not gain popularity until many years later. He then composed his first piano concerto in 1873, and the well known Swan Lake in 1877. These pieces also did not get off to a good start when released and were only acknowledged for the brilliant pieces they were some time afterwards. His perhaps most famous piece, 1812 Overture, was composed in 1880 as part of the celebrations for Russia's defeat of Napoleon. Unfortunately, in 1893, Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky passed away.

Where Tchaikovsky Lived

Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia and grew up there until his family moved to St. Petersburg in 1848, where he spent the rest of his life.

Tchaikovsky's Music

Tchaikovsky composed many pieces in his life, including concertos, symphonies, and pieces to be preformed in ballets.
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Nina Kaptsova - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Citations:)

Tchaikovsky Portrait:

Tchaikovsky / Portrait Photo / 1893. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.
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Map of Russia:

Tchaikovsky / Portrait Photo / 1893. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.
http://quest.eb.com/search/109_128490/1/109_128490/cite

Music Video:

"Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons)." YouTube. YouTube, 21 Feb. 2011. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

Dance Video:

"Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Nina Kaptsova - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." YouTube. YouTube, 14 July 2011. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.