Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

By. Natalie Heshmat

Early Life

Piotr Ilynch Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk Germany. A small town by the Urals mountain range Tchaikovsky's father's name was Ilya and his mother's name was Alexandra. Tchaikovsky's mother was Ilya's second wife. It was said that Alexandra was responsible for bringing music into the life of Tchaikovsky. Although Tchaikovsky adored his mother it was said that she was distant and self obsessed. She refused to show signs of affection to her children. Tchaikovsky grew up with many siblings many of them were half siblings. When Tchaikovsky was three years old his mother hired a French nanny named Fanny. Tchaikovsky's mother was hoping to submerge her children in French culture as a result of hiring a French nanny.

School Of Jurisprudence

This school is where a traumatic event that Tchaikovsky will never forget. Since Tchaikovsky's family lived rather far away from the school he would have to live at the school without his family. He was very attached to his family especially his mother.Even though he was sent to this school to live alone he did very well in school and was a very good student.
Lang Lang plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23 [HD]

Piano Concerto No. 1

This piece was Tchaikovsky's fist and surprising most famous piano concerto. It is a very complicated piece and that is why it is the most famous and well known. the first person that Tchaikovsky played this for was his pianist Nikolay Rubinstein he he didnt like it at all calling it choppy and very difficult.

Other Know Music

- Various Symphonies
- Various Piano Concertos
- "Eugen Onegin" (opera)
- "The Queen" (opera)
- "Swan Lake" (ballet)
- "The Nutcracker" (ballet)
- "Sleeping Beauty" (ballet)
- "1812 Overture"

Tchaikovsky's Legacy

Tchaikovsky was a great composer and was very influential. He was able to be really intelligent and make lifelong friendships while making beautiful music. He has composed music for many famous ballets such as Swan Lake and the Nutcracker.