Pyotr Tchaikovsky was one of the most loved composers in Russia. On May 7, 1840, in Votkinsk in the Vyatka region of Russia, Tchaikovsky was born to a middle class family and was the second son of Lieutenant Colonel Ilya Petrovich Tchaikovsky, chief mine inspector of the Kamsko-Votkinsk mines and metallurgical. Not much is said about Tchaikovsky mother, but we do know that she, Alexandra Andreyevna, was the second wife out of three, had an ear for music and played the piano, she was able to speak two languages: French and German. The two had six children together and one child from his previous marriage. At age four, Tchaikovsky composed his first piece “Our Mama in Petersburg”, his father was impressed by the small composition, but thought it was a phase.
In 1844, the education of the young Tchaikovsky and his siblings was put in the hands of Fanny Dürbach, a twenty-two year old French Governess. She noticed that young Pyotr Tchaikovsky had different qualities from his brothers and sisters, he did not care about his appearance, but he was very affectionate and had a big heart. Fanny Dürbach claimed that young Tchaikovsky would start tapping on the window pane, playing a tune he that would be trapped in his head, she considered his obsession with music unhealthy. (Pg. 13. “Tchaikovsky”, Weinstock.).
In 1848, a friend Tchaikovsky father urged him to retire from government service and was promised him that’ll he receive an excellent post at the capital. Persuaded be the