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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Composer)

Born: 7th May 1840, Votkinsk

Died: 6th November 1893, Saint Petersburg

Nationality: Russian

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. He was the first Russian composer whose music would make a lasting impression internationally. He was honored in 1884 by Tsar Alexander III and awarded a lifetime pension.

Although musically precocious, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. There was scant opportunity for a musical career in Russia at the time and no system of public music education.

Further Reading: Tchaikovsky

 Interview, Paavo Järvi on Franz Schmidt and Tchaikovsky

The Estonian conductor talks to Katherine about falling in love with the music of Franz Schmidt, and how Leonard Bernstein reignited his passion for the Tchaikovsky symphonies.

 Interview, Septura on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker

David talks to Septura's Matthew Knight and Simon Cox about their newly-released recording of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, arranged for brass septet and narrated by Derek Jacobi.

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