Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Biography

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Birthday: May 7, 1840

Died At Age: 53

Sun Sign: Taurus

Born Country: Russia

Born in: Votkinsk, Russia

Famous as: Composer

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Spouse/Ex-: Antonina Miliukova (m. 1877–1877)

father: Alexandra Andreyevna d'Assier

mother: Ilya Petrovich Tchaikovsky

siblings: Aleksandra Ilinichna Tchaikovskaia, Anatoly Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Ippolit Tchaikovsky, Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Zinaida Ilinichna Tchaikovskaia

children: Vladimir Davydov

Died on: November 6, 1893

place of death: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

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education: School of Jurisprudence

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Who was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky?

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a distinguished Russian composer who scripted many symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, and chamber music, which became an esteemed part of the classical library. At the educational front, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant due to uncertainly in the field of music in those Russian days. However, when opportunity knocked, he didn’t take time to enter the blossoming Saint Petersburg Conservatory, from where he graduated in 1865. Though audiences welcomed his music wholeheartedly, his critics declined it stating that his music was not in accordance with the existing western style. He went through severe personal catastrophes such as the untimely death of his mother and the crumpling of his marriage within two and a half months and his 13-year link up with a wealthy widow. And not to conceal, his same-sex orientation, which was traditionally considered as a disgrace, influenced him to craft intense and deep emotional music. Despite of all these, Tchaikovsky was honored by Tsar Alexander III in 1884, and also granted a lifetime pension in the late 1880s.

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