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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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  • jazzthieve

    Great, right wing Russian people fouling up the last.fm shout box of a classical composer how awesome..... The Wagner shout box often has this problem too for a different reason don't tell me this is starting here as well. This is a music website, if you want to discuss politics or ideological views take your business elsewhere damnit.

    24 Aug 9:59pm Reply
  • Jealousheart

    Ok. Let me explain the situation. Mass media tell you a lie about this law. Gays are NOT persecuted in Russia and their rights are NOT infringed. Officially the law prohibits promoting homosexuality among minors. I have the unpleasant feeling that media intentionally trying to slander my motherland. So please, don't judge if you don't have the correct information about the situation. [3]

    18 Aug 11:55am Reply
  • ChateauDeChat

    Banda Luxúria....pqp!

    15 Aug 12:05am Reply
  • ChateauDeChat

    love his music.

    15 Aug 12:01am Reply
  • RespectableChap

    I get all of my right wing ideology from last.fm shoutboxes

    13 Aug 1:11am Reply
  • BinaGesser

    Swan Lake *-*

    22 Jul 12:02pm Reply
  • Lanny_Barbi

    JerryStar1804 чTо обuдного? радоваTься надо, чTо Чайковскuй в мuре Tак ценuTся.

    22 Jun 3:45am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Anyway, Tchaikovsky is a sick composer, I admire his works.

    21 Jun 12:17pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Ok. Let me explain the situation. Mass media tell you a lie about this law. Gays are NOT persecuted in Russia and their rights are NOT infringed. Officially the law prohibits promoting homosexuality among minors. I have the unpleasant feeling that media intentionally trying to slander my motherland. So please, don't judge if you don't have the correct information about the situation. [2] Exactly !

    21 Jun 12:17pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Come on. Stop talking like gay people are getting discriminated in Russia... Stop listening to your local mass media please, because they don't get discriminated. We do not allow any gay propaganda. Is that actually bad? If you think that this law is bad I am sorry but you do not think about future of your country.

    21 Jun 12:16pm Reply
  • ivanonti

    come to brasil!

    20 Jun 2:52am Reply
  • coolvart

    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. [2]

    14 Jun 11:46am Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №XXIX - http://classics.saltyknuckles.net/2014-22/

    28 May 9:46pm Reply
  • stupidstuff

    Swan Lake coming to (my) town in June!

    23 May 11:12pm Reply
  • IgorDetoni

    Tchun Tchaikovsky -q

    20 May 4:46pm Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    incredible music

    15 May 12:03pm Reply
  • Exeio

    Thank you M. Tchaikovsky

    14 May 8:26pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Russian composers have something magical. Prokofiev, Stravinsky and him showed me what I was missing by not listening to classical music. [2] I agree !

    11 May 10:16am Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Russian composers have something magical. Prokofiev, Stravinsky and him showed me what I was missing by not listening to classical music.

    2 May 4:21am Reply
  • ThiagoLorpal

    He is my greatest artistic idol ever.

    19 Apr 7:37pm Reply
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