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Tchaikovsky

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

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