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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Known for his immaculate efforts within the Romantic Era, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky is regarded as one of classical music’s finest composers. Born on May 7th, 1840, he began his life in the small town of Votkinsk. Like so many other composers, he was a musical prodigy at a young age, having only needed a mere three years to master the art of sight reading.

Sprouting into his independence as a child was a major difficulty for him. He suffered tremendously from the death of his mother, Alexandra, which sparked a futile development of emotional decay which would resound in m ...read more

Known for his immaculate efforts within the Romantic Era, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky is regarded as one of classical music’s finest composers. Born on May 7th, 1840, he began his life in the small town of Votkinsk. Like so many other composers, he was a musical prodigy at a young age, having only needed a mere three years to master the art of sight reading.

Sprouting into his independence as a child was a major difficulty for him. He suffered tremendously from the death of his mother, Alexandra, which sparked a futile development of emotional decay which would resound in many of his later works. Still, despite this, he pressed forward in his musical aspirations, even though it was discouraged by his father. After graduating from the Ministry of Justice and completing an unflattering degree in 1859, he became an assistant for his department of studies. Only after his final three year civil-service, did he focus his undivided attention back to what he loved most: music.

His defining sound within the romantic niche cannot be underestimated, for it is both widely recognised, and misconceived amongst other composers, who also shared very similar sonic qualities as Tchaikovsky did. Still even though he had competition, especially from the notable Five (Mily Balakirev/César Cui/Modest Mussorgsky/Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov/Alexander Borodin), who he separated himself from due to emotional and personal difficulties, he still managed to inspire and bend the envelope that was always sometime difficult to paperweight. Being within his own mental space gave him opportunities to express his sometimes boisterous view of himself. More subdued however his homosexuality was. It is still uncertain how comfortable he was with his sexual orientation, but it is clear that attempts were made by him, and other to cover up this, by way of various artificial marriages and alike.

In affect, his homosexuality has been said to have influence much of his work, from both a dignified and reluctant position. Some work of his express his suffering as a child, and his immense sympathy for disadvantaged and ill-fated women, especially within works such as Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet. Similarly, he also expressed a fascination with melodic flow and accompaniment through colourful harmony. His complete Symphonies are well celebrated for this quality, as are his myriad of salon-stylised piano works, which are short, yet endearing in style. He also pioneered the development of the celesta, in the renowned Sugar Plum Fair (from the Nutcracker Suite).

Despite his incredible success as a solitary composer, which was both independent and influential, he always doubted himself, and how others were to perceive his creations. Many of his letters and personal writings are littered with hapless self-doubting comments. Some of the time, his concerns were appropriate, such as the premiere of his 5th Symphony, which wasn’t as well-received as he would have hoped, but most of the time, many, including critics and well settled composers were always quick to compliment any new works of him that would surface.

Of his many compositions, his Symphonies, and Ballets are some of the most well celebrated music in the romantic repertoire. The Nutcracker Suite, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, the Seasons (for piano), are also works which showcase his style and musical credibility. Then there are his works for the pianoforte, which are both widely recorded, and used for aspiring pianists from beginners to professional concert pianists. Having music which can be thoroughly enjoyed by both the classical enthusiast, and classical novice is what makes him a success to this day, with a lot of his works used for film, advertisements, and other commodities, as well as the countless recordings of his work, and biographical writings that pull apart the life and times of the composer.

Tchaikovsky died on November 6th, 1893, due to (depending on who you believe), a spite of cholera, a meagre nine days after the premiere of his final Symphony, the 6th. Leaving behind a wide following, and inspired musicians, Tchaikovsky still inspires to this day. « hide

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LPs
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. post. 75
1893

4.6
8 Votes
"Pathétique" Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74
1893

4.5
48 Votes
18 Pieces, For Piano, Op. 72
1893

4.2
6 Votes
"Souvenir de Florence", Op. 70
1892

4.4
6 Votes
The Nutcracker, Op. 71
1892

4
38 Votes
The Voyevoda, Op. 78 (Symphonic Ballad)
1891

3
3 Votes
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
1888

4.3
30 Votes
Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
1885

3.8
5 Votes
1812 Overture, Op. 49
1882

4.3
44 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44
1881

4.2
7 Votes
The Snow Maiden, Op. 18
1881

1.7
5 Votes
Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture
1880

4.4
13 Votes
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
1880

4.3
13 Votes
Capriccio Italien Op. 45
1880

2.5
2 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B♭ Minor
1880

4.5
32 Votes
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
1879

2.7
3 Votes
Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36
1878

4
11 Votes
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
1878

4.2
10 Votes
Slavonic March in b-flat Minor, Op. 31
1876

2.4
4 Votes
String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30
1876

3.1
5 Votes
The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37b
1876

3.8
16 Votes
Swan Lake, Op. 20
1876

4.2
24 Votes
Symphony No. 3 in D major ("Polish"), Op. 29,
1875

5
2 Votes
String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22
1874

4.3
4 Votes
The Storm, Op. 76
1873

2.7
5 Votes
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
1872

4.3
10 Votes
String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
1871

3.3
4 Votes
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13
1866

4.3
10 Votes
Compilations
Symphonies And Orchestral Works [Litton]
2001

5
1 Votes
Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 [Pletnev]
1991

4
1 Votes

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