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  • 1. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893 Copyright © 2005 - Frankel Consulting Services, Inc.
  • 2. The Tchaikovsky Family
  • 3. The Tchaikovsky Family Tree
  • 4. Tchaikovsky’s Life
    • Born on May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Russia
    • He had four brothers and one sister
    • His father Ilya had three wives
    • He first studied law in his youth, and became a law clerk in St. Petersburg
    • In his twenties, he rebelled and began to study music at the conservatory in St. Petersburg
  • 5.
    • He was a big fan of Mozart
    • He studied composition with Anton Rubinstein
    • In 1866 he moved to Moscow to begin teaching at the new conservatory there
    • He was horrible when he began composing
    • He married Antonina Ivanovana Milyukoff on July 6, 1877
    • The marriage was a disaster - it lasted a month
    • He had a benefactor named Nadezhda von Meck - she loved his music
  • 6.
    • He came to New York in 1891 and conducted his works at Carnegie Hall
    • He experienced a great deal of fame in the last 10 years of his life
    • On November 6, 1893, Tchaikovsky died from drinking a glass of unfiltered water from which he got cholera
    • He is buried in St. Petersburg
  • 7.  
  • 8. Famous Compositions
    • Swan Lake
    • Sleeping Beauty
    • The Nutcracker
    • Romeo & Juliet
    • 1812 Overture
    • Symphony No. 2
    • Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”
    • Piano Concerto No. 1
  • 9. His Musical Mark
    • He was the master of the ballet
    • His melodies are very haunting
    • He used a great deal of folk music in his symphonic works
    • His music is known for being both too beautiful and too depressing
    • Tchaikovsky’s life was filled with turmoil and so was his music
  • 10. Tchaikovsky’s Manuscripts
  • 11.  
  • 12. There are very few surviving manuscripts written by Tchaikovsky. He was very critical of his own work, and very often burned his scores.
  • 13. And now… Swan Lake Describe how the music, ballet & story fit together