Piotr Ilych Tchaikovskiy 1840-1893

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Tchaikovsky's Life

Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia in the year 1840. Tchaikovsky loved his parents. His mother influenced him to like music. He was a shy, and sensitive child that lasted his whole life. When Piotr was 10 he went to boarding school. It was one of the hardest things he ever had to do. When he had to say goodbye to his mother he attached himself to her carriage so he would not leave her. Tchaikovsky was 14 when his mother died. It was again one of the hardest things that had ever happen to him and he never really recovered from it. When Piotr got older he had a strange friendship with a woman named Nadezhda von Meck, a wealthy widow. From then on until 8 years he was funded by her. They shared each others schedules so they would not meet each other in real life. Piotr later wrote some of the greatest music of all time, including the nutcracker, and the 1812 overture.
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This is a map of Russia in the 1840, the birth year of Piotr. Piotr was very patriotic about Russia and hated all the other countries surrounding it. He even wrote the 1812 overture celebration Russia's defeat of Napoleon.
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons)
The 1812 overture was one of the most popular works of Tchaikovsky's most popular works. It was written in 1880 to celebrate the victory against Napoleon. When he first wrote about it he did not love it, but we can all agree that it is loved by many people.

Interesting Facts

Tchaikovsky fell in love with an opera singer but she fell in love with somebody else. There is no proof that she even knew who he was at the time.

Tchaikovsky family were not that interesting compared to other composer's family

When Tchaikovsky was a child his mother hired a governess. She called him "The Child Of Glass" But did not believe he should not make music for the rest of his life.

Other Work By Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake

The Nutcracker

Romeo and Juliet

1812 Overture

Piano Concerto No. 1

The Fourth Symphony


Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.

Map depicting European Russia, c.1840 . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 16 Dec 2015.

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

Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.