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 ( chy-KOF-skee; Russian: Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский, Pyótr Ilʹyích Chaykóvskiy, (listen); 7 May 1840 [O.S. 25 April] – 6 November [O.S. 25 October] 1893) was a Russian composer of the romantic period, 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. He 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 national identity—an ambiguity...

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Danses caractéristiques (The Nutcracker)
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Danses caractéristiques (The Nutcracker)

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Valse-Scherzo, Op.34
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Valse-Scherzo, Op.34
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1812 Overture Op.49
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1812 Overture Op.49
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Variations on a rococo theme, Op 33
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Variations on a rococo theme, Op 33
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Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 (3rd mvt)
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Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 (3rd mvt)
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The Nutcracker, Act II: Tea (Chinese Dance)
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The Nutcracker, Act II: Tea (Chinese Dance)
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Symphony no. 4 in F minor, Op.36
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Symphony no. 4 in F minor, Op.36

Symphony no. 4 in F minor, Op.36

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Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Eugene Onegin, Op 24 (Introduction & waltz)
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Eugene Onegin, Op 24 (Introduction & waltz)
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Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36; 4th movement
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Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36; 4th movement
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Piano Concerto no 1 in B flat minor, Op 23
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Piano Concerto no 1 in B flat minor, Op 23
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String Quartet No 1 in D, Op 11
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String Quartet No 1 in D, Op 11
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Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet
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Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet
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Pezzo Capriccioso Op.62
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Pezzo Capriccioso Op.62
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The Tempest - symphonic fantasia Op.18
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The Tempest - symphonic fantasia Op.18
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Voyevoda, Op 78
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Voyevoda, Op 78
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Marche slave, Op 31
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Marche slave, Op 31
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String Quartet no.1 In D Major (2nd mvt)
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String Quartet no.1 In D Major (2nd mvt)
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Symphony no. 2 in C minor Op.17 (Little Russian)
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Symphony no. 2 in C minor Op.17 (Little Russian)
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None But The Lonely Heart
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None But The Lonely Heart
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Francesca da Rimini, op. 32
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Francesca da Rimini, op. 32
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Swan Lake - Polonaise Act I No.8 (Danse des coupes - Tempo di polacca)
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Swan Lake - Polonaise Act I No.8 (Danse des coupes - Tempo di polacca)
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The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66A: IV. Panorama
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The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66A: IV. Panorama
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Waltz (Swan Lake)
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Waltz (Swan Lake)
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Andante Cantabile (String Quartet, Op 11)
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Andante Cantabile (String Quartet, Op 11)
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Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 2nd mvt: Andantino
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Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 2nd mvt: Andantino
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Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin Op.24
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Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin Op.24
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The Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a (Dance of the Reed-Pipes)
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The Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a (Dance of the Reed-Pipes)
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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
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The Seasons Op.37b for piano
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The Seasons Op.37b for piano
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Eugene Onegin Part II
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Eugene Onegin Part II
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The Sleeping Beauty (Panorama)
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The Sleeping Beauty (Panorama)
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Net, tol'ka tot, kto znal, Op.6 no.6
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Net, tol'ka tot, kto znal, Op.6 no.6
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Sleza drazhyt f tvajom rivnivam zvore, Op.6 no.4
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Sleza drazhyt f tvajom rivnivam zvore, Op.6 no.4
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Lubov mertvetsa, Op38 No 5
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Lubov mertvetsa, Op38 No 5
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Why Op 6 No 5
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Why Op 6 No 5
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Don Juan's Serenade
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Don Juan's Serenade
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Pezzo capriccioso, arr. for cello and piano
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Pezzo capriccioso, arr. for cello and piano
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The Heroic Deed, Op.60 no.11
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The Heroic Deed, Op.60 no.11
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Tomsky's Aria, The Queen of Spades
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Tomsky's Aria, The Queen of Spades
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Eugene Onegin (Act 2: Waltz)
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Eugene Onegin (Act 2: Waltz)
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Symphony no.5 in E minor Op.64 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony no.5 in E minor Op.64 (2nd mvt)
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1812 Overture Finale
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1812 Overture Finale
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The Sleeping Beauty Suite (Waltz)
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The Sleeping Beauty Suite (Waltz)
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9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78: No. 1, Cherubic Hymn No. 1 in F Major
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9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78: No. 1, Cherubic Hymn No. 1 in F Major
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Serenade in C Major, Op.48 (4th mvt)
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Serenade in C Major, Op.48 (4th mvt)
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'Tis not the cuckoo in the damp pinewood
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'Tis not the cuckoo in the damp pinewood
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The Nutcracker Suite (Miniature Overture)
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The Nutcracker Suite (Miniature Overture)
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Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, TH 75 (Concert Version): No. 14, Praise
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Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, TH 75 (Concert Version): No. 14, Praise
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Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, TH 75 (Concert Version): No. 13, Our Father
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Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, TH 75 (Concert Version): No. 13, Our Father
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
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Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom

Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom

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Proms 2018: Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom
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2018-07-29T13:01:39
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2018
Proms 2018: Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom

Proms 2018: Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom

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Proms 2018: Prom 19: Ten Pieces Prom
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Royal Albert Hall
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2018
Proms 2018: Prom 19: Ten Pieces Prom

Proms 2018: Prom 19: Ten Pieces Prom

Royal Albert Hall

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