Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Born
in Votkinsk, Russian Federation
May 07, 1840

Died
November 06, 1893

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Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильич Чайковский) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. While not part of the nationalistic music group known as "The Five", Tchaikovsky wrote music which was distinctly Russian: plangent, introspective, with modally-inflected melody and harmony.

Tchaikovsky considered himself a professional composer. He felt his professionalism in combining skill and high standards in his musical works separated him from his colleagues in "The Five." He shared several of their ideals, including an emphasis on national character in music. His aim, however, was linking those ideals with a professional standard high enough to satisfy European criteria. His professionalism also fueled his desire to reach a broad pu
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Guide to the Practical Stud...

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Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Sym...

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Tchaikovsky: Letters to His...

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The Nutcracker: Complete Ba...

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Romeo and Juliet Overture a...

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The Nutcracker: Complete Ba...

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To My Best Friend: Correspo...

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1812 Overture, Op. 49

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"Swan Lake" and "The Sleepi...

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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Complete...

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“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”
Tchaikovsky

“Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music.”
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“…You see, my dear friend, I am made up of contradictions, and I have reached a very mature age without resting upon anything positive, without having calmed my restless spirit either by religion or philosophy. Undoubtedly I should have gone mad but for music. Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven's gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls. It is not the straw to which the drowning man clings; but a true friend, refuge, and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living”
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky