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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Kamsko-Votkinsk, Russia (1840 – 1893)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильич Чайковский)(7th May 1840-6th November 1893; Old Style 25th April 1840–25th October 1893) was a Russian composer. He wrote some of the world’s most popular concert and theatrical music in the current classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, several symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin. His names are also transliterated Piotr, Petr, or Peter Ilitsch, Ilich, Il’ich or Illyich; and Tschaikowski, Tschaikowsky, Chajkovskij and Chaikovsky (and other versions; Russian transliteration varies between languages).

Tchaikovsky was born in Kamsko-Votkinsk, Russia, to a mining engineer and the second of his three wives, a Russian woman of French ancestry. Musically precocious, he began piano lessons at the age of five. He obtained an excellent general education at the School of Jurisprudence and was a civil servant before entering the St Petersburg Conservatory from 1862 (the year of its foundation) to 1865. In 1866, he was appointed professor of theory and harmony at the Moscow Conservatory, established that year. He held the post until approximately 1878.

From 1878, Tchaikovsky focused primarily on composition. Tchaikovsky toured the United States in 1891 conducting performances of his works. In 1893, Tchaikovsky was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Cambridge University.

Tchaikovsky died nine days after the premiere of the Sixth Symphony, the “Pathétique”.

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  • ThiagoLorpal

    He is my greatest artistic idol ever.

    Yesterday 7:37pm Reply
  • badJUST

    й - чайковский

    19 Apr 5:03am Reply
  • CosmicPi

    I don't give a damn who he wanted to bed; his music is beautiful.

    18 Apr 3:28pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    I think that people should better talk about the Tchaikovsky's great music here. Not about his sexual preferences. I'm not a homophobe, but your lgbt spam is really annoying. [3]

    1 Apr 4:28am Reply
  • edikstepanov

    JerryStar1804, так много народу слушают через сайт, я, например.

    24 Mar 12:36pm Reply
  • jeffboulter

    Tchaikovsky

    15 Mar 7:18am Reply
  • JerryStar1804

    Обидно, что у англ. написания прослушиваний больше чем у русского.

    13 Mar 1:30pm Reply
  • Chromanin

    If ever I get a tune stuck in my head from some random source, 80% it's Ceaikovsky. I hummed that 1812 overture all day for weeks.

    12 Mar 8:23pm Reply
  • AndrewVanukov97

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    2 Mar 10:33am Reply
  • sylviakaroline

    <3

    28 Feb 5:13pm Reply
  • Scarlet_Ray

    I think that people should better talk about the Tchaikovsky's great music here. Not about his sexual preferences. I'm not a homophobe, but your lgbt spam is really annoying. [2]

    25 Feb 4:32am Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    It's a part of who he was and is unbelievably relevant today. Considering he is possibly the most famous Russian citizen (not a politician) to ever live, and Russia is now persecuting gay people... why should this not be discussed? Regardless, it shouldn't bother you.

    19 Feb 6:04am Reply
  • AndrewVanukov97

    I think that people should better talk about the Tchaikovsky's great music here. Not about his sexual preferences. I'm not a homophobe, but your lgbt spam is really annoying.

    18 Feb 2:10pm Reply
  • rm508

    Tchaikovsky joins the rainbow protest against Putin.

    8 Feb 8:50am Reply
  • kindziel7

    opening of the Olympic Games with this music was amazing ;)

    7 Feb 8:15pm Reply
  • aliahmadizade

    come to iran

    7 Feb 7:14pm Reply
  • Sokratia59

    What a bullshit Yankee spelling.

    31 Jan 11:20am Reply
  • d00prad00

    Não sei você, mas eu teria vergonha de ter Beyonce e Lady Gaga como principais artistas.

    27 Jan 12:06am Reply
  • MuzykoLubna

    Geez! I have enough of Brazil on last fm and all of those jerks, trolls who have to much free time and nothing inside their heads.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Unknowny503

    This one is perfect to be a profile picture http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Pyotr+Ilyich+Tchaikovsky/+images/95185665

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
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