Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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1840-05-07
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Biography (Wikipedia)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский; tr. Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij; 25 April/7 May 1840 – 25 October/6 November 1893), often anglicized as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States. Tchaikovsky was honored in 1884, by Emperor 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 that time and no system of public music education. When an opportunity for such an education arose, he entered the nascent Saint Petersburg Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1865. The formal Western-oriented teaching he received there set him apart from composers of the contemporary nationalist movement embodied by the Russian composers of The Five, with whom his professional relationship was mixed. Tchaikovsky's training set him on a path to reconcile what he had learned with the native musical practices to which he had been exposed from childhood. From this reconciliation, he forged a personal but unmistakably Russian style—a task that did not prove easy. The principles that governed melody, harmony and other fundamentals of Russian music ran completely counter to those that governed Western European music; this seemed to defeat the potential for using Russian music in large-scale Western composition or for forming a composite style, and it caused personal antipathies that dented Tchaikovsky's self-confidence. Russian culture exhibited a split personality, with its native and adopted elements having drifted apart increasingly since the time of Peter the Great. This resulted in uncertainty among the intelligentsia about the country's

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Concerto in D major Op.35 for violin and orchestra: 3rd movement; Finale
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Concerto in D major Op.35 for violin and orchestra: 3rd movement; Finale
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
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Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
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Swan Lake: Introduction; Act I No.1 Scene (Allegro giusto)
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Swan Lake: Introduction; Act I No.1 Scene (Allegro giusto)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Love Theme [from Romeo and Juliet]
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Love Theme [from Romeo and Juliet]
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Bluebird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty
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Bluebird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty
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Swan Lake: Scene - Swan Theme
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Swan Lake: Scene - Swan Theme
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Symphony No 1 in G minor, 'Winter Daydreams' (Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns & Debussy)
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Symphony No 1 in G minor, 'Winter Daydreams' (Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns & Debussy)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker)
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Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concerto In D Major Op.35 For Violin And Orchestra
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Concerto In D Major Op.35 For Violin And Orchestra
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Concerto In D Major Op.35 For Violin And Orchestra, i. Opening
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Concerto In D Major Op.35 For Violin And Orchestra, i. Opening
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Jesters, from The Snow Maiden Op. 12
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Dance of the Jesters, from The Snow Maiden Op. 12
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Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op 42 No 3 (Melody)
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Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op 42 No 3 (Melody)
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Symphony No 6 in B minor ‘Pathetique’ Op 74, 2nd mvt, Allegro con grazia
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Symphony No 6 in B minor ‘Pathetique’ Op 74, 2nd mvt, Allegro con grazia
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Capriccio italien, Op 45
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Capriccio italien, Op 45
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Fantasy Overture, 'Romeo and Juliet'
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Fantasy Overture, 'Romeo and Juliet'
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(Symphony No. 6 In B Minor Op.74 (Pathetique), iv. Finale (Adagio lamentoso) (Andante lamentoso)
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(Symphony No. 6 In B Minor Op.74 (Pathetique), iv. Finale (Adagio lamentoso) (Andante lamentoso)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(Symphony No. 6 In B Minor Op.74 (Pathetique), i. Adagio - allegro non troppo
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(Symphony No. 6 In B Minor Op.74 (Pathetique), i. Adagio - allegro non troppo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 6 In B Minor Op.74 (Pathetique), i. Adagio - allegro non troppo
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Symphony No. 6 In B Minor Op.74 (Pathetique), i. Adagio - allegro non troppo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op 64 (3rd mvt)
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Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op 64 (3rd mvt)
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The Nutcracker (excerpts)
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The Nutcracker (excerpts)
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Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74, 'Pathétique' (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74, 'Pathétique' (2nd mvt)
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Waltz (Swan Lake; Act I)
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Waltz (Swan Lake; Act I)
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