Peter Tchaikovsky Essay

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Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky is one of the most famous Russian composers. Born in May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Tchaikovsky was the second son of a mining engineer. His musical interests were supported by his parents and he was given piano lessons at the age of five. Three years later, the family moved from Votkinsk to Moscow to St. Petersburg due to the father's unsteady jobs. The move proved to be a significant milestone in Tchaikovsky's life; it had set the course for Tchaikovsky's progress into the musical world and his successes. From September of 1850 to May of 1859, Tchaikovsky attended the School of Jurisprudence, a boarding school in St. Petersburg where he received an excellent education and further pursued his interest in music. …show more content…
By 1869, he completed his first opera, The Voevoda and by 1876, he completed his first ballet, Swan Lake, which is still being widely performed to this day. But while he was becoming more successful having many premieres and travels, his personal life was becoming more less than perfect.
The year 1877 was a significant time. In May, Tchaikovsky hastily married Antonina Miliukova. His letters point to the evidence that he married to please his father and possibly society in escape of his homosexuality. Tchaikovsky had a difficult time adjusting; after leaving and coming back to his wife, he suffered a nervous attack and was unconscious for two weeks. He and his new bride separated two months later. The marriage affected Tchaikovsky in his creativity and his music. Along with the devastating marriage, Tchaikovsky had also become financially independent after Nadezhda von Meck, his benefactress. During this time, he created great works that parallel his feelings of anguish: the Fourth Symphony and Eugene Onegin. While his earlier symphonies are generally more optimistic, the last three of his numbered symphonies, the fourth, fifth and sixth, are more intense, dramatic, and of despair.
Until his death in 1893, Tchaikovsky continued to travel, compose, conduct, and made tours including one to America. Tchaikovsky helped to set the Russian style. He was an innovative composer who combined into his national folk melodies

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