Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

An unlikely composer | 1840-1893

Tchaikovsky's Life

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in the Foothills of the Russian Ural mountains on May 7th, 1840. His parents, Ilya Petrouch and Alexandra had no interesting stories or positions, starting Pyotr Ilyich with with an ignored setting. Sensitive as a child, he loved his mother and worried when she would leave. His mother, while not a musician, brought music into his life, hosting family soirees at home. Alexandra did not show affection to Tchaikovsky though, leaving him fragile. He also shared a close relationship with his siblings.

An educator was hired for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and she remarked that he was obsessed with music, ignoring looking nice or being organized. She thought that this obsession with music was unhealthy, preferring him to read books or listen to stories.

Pyotr would soon endure some traumatic events, such as when his parents sent him to boarding school, and he clung to his parent's carriage as it drove away. Another was when Alexandra died in 1854. He recalled twenty-five years later that he remembered that day "as though it were yesterday."

As his adult life went on, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky began to travel back and forth from Russia to European countries. Although constantly homesick, he flocked to and from like a seagull. Ironically, Tchaikovsky translated in Russian to "like a seagull." Over this time, Pyotr went on to write some of the best romantic pieces ever written.

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Russian Map

Map of Russia, 1840, the year Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born. Borders were different, and Tchaikovsky's exact birth place is unknown, although it is identified as the foothills of the Ural Mountains.
Lang Lang plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23 [HD]

Piano Concerto No. 1

The piece above was written so intricately that many regarded it as too hard to play before ever preformed. It was known as uneven and shaky, yet today we regard it as one of the best piano pieces ever written.

Other Known Music

-The Fourth Symphony

-Piano Concerto No. 1

-Swan Lake

-Romeo and Juliet

-Nutcracker Suite

-1812 Overture

Other Known Facts

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was known for his strong love of Russia. As a boy he would spit on all other countries' maps, while kissing the Russian borders.

He had many strange friendships during his life, including one with a fan that would give him allowance in exchange for them never meeting. Although they did accidentally stumble upon each other few times, they created schedules for each other so this would happen rarely.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.

Map depicting European Russia, c.1840 . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 17 Dec 2015.

"Lang Lang Plays Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Opus 23 [HD]." YouTube. YouTube, 13 Sept. 2014. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.

Tchaikovsky, Onegin / Matrunin. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 17 Dec 2015.