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Title: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • the most popular of all Russian composers.

Early years
  • He was born in Votkinsk on May 7, 1840.
    Tchaikovskys father was a Ukrainian who worked
    as a mining engineer. His mothers grandfather
    was a Frenchman who moved to Russia. Tchaikovsky
    was only five when he started taking piano
    lessons. He was soon better than his teacher.

  • He spent nine years at the School of
    Jurisprudence. When he left school, he had to get
    a job. For four years he worked as a clerk in the
    Ministry of Justice. Then the composer and
    pianist Anton Rubinstein helped him to become a
    music student at the newly opened conservatory in
    St. Petersburg.

Last years
  • By 1885 Tchaikovsky had got tired of travelling
    around. In 1889 he finished his second ballet,
    The Sleeping Beauty, and the next year, while
    staying in Florence, he created his famous opera,
    The Queen of Spades, based on a story by Pushkin.

  • Many people think that he commited suicide by
    deliberately drinking contaminated water. He may
    have wanted to (or even been forced to) commit
    suicide in order to avoid a scandal because he
    was having a relationship with a nephew of an
    important aristocratic man. What really happened
    will always be a mystery.

  • His compositions include 11 operas, 3 ballets,
    orchestral music, chamber music and over 100
    romances. His ballets (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker
    and Sleeping Beauty) have some of the best known
    tunes in all classical music.