What To Expect• Tchaikovsky’s Life• Compositional Style• Romeo and Juliet Overture
Tchaikovsky’s Life • Born: May 7, 1840 in Votkisnk, Russia • Died: Nov. 6, 1893 in St. Petersburg, Russia • Son of successful engineer • Like Bach and Beethoven, his father discovered his talent
Tchaikovsky’s Life cont.• At age 4, he wrote his first piece with his sister for his mother• He and his mother were very close
Tchaikovsky’s Life cont.• Received an • Became a bureau education from the clerk but hated it. French Governess • Quit to compose• Attended Law School music in St. Petersburg• Also took music lessons• Graduated at 19 years of age
Compositional Style• Typically used regular meter, which can be heard in his dance pieces• Occasionally played with an unusual meter• Melodies range from Western- to Folksong-styles• Repetition• Elegant and graceful
Compositional Style cont.• Harmony variations – From Western to unorthodox progressions – Typically used conventional harmonic progressions• Wrote for the orchestra – Liked to make use of the modern symphony orchestra
Compositional Style cont.• Instrumentation – He liked to use the treble instruments for their more delicate sounds and would balance them out with the deeper, more gloomy sounds of the bass instruments.
Romeo and Juliet Overture• Written in 1870• Genre: Concert Overture• Form: Sonata with and introduction
Works Cited• Charlton, Katherine, and Robert Hickok. Experience Music. New York: McGraw Hill, 2009. Print.• “Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Biography.” Notablebiographies.com. Advameg, Inc., 2011. Web. 22 March 2011.