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Life and work of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Life and Work of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Name Course Tutor’s Name Date Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Iiyich was a Russian composer who was born in Kamsko-Votkinsk on 7 May 1840 and later died in St. Petersburg on 6 November 1893. He composed several works such as symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music and was among the most popular theatrical music in the classical repertoire.
It was amazing that Tchaikovsky was not even a professional musician. The Great Russian composer had education in a particular career as a civil servant. Pyotr was born from a family that had a long military experience. His father who was mostly of Russian ethnicity worked as an engineer in the Department of Mine. All the parents were trained in arts including music, which was very important especially considering that they lived in a very remote region. At the age of six, Tchaikovsky was already fluent in French and Germany through the help of the teacher who was hired to teach Tchaikovsky elder brother Nikolai and a niece of the family (Burt 2001, p. 410 -411). At age of four, Pyotr took piano lessons where he proved to be an intelligent pupil who could clearly read music proficiently within three years. His parents were very helpful and engaged a tutor and buying him musical instruments such orchestrion. However, the parents changed their mind in around 1850 and sent him to Imperial School of Jurisprudence in Saint Petersburg maybe because they grew insensitive towards musical gift for their son and perhaps lack of better musical career in Russia at that time. ...
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