Royalty Free Music - Tchaikovsky
was a nineteenth century composer
of music in the "romantic" style. His sensitive character
and deeply-felt love of Russia flowed into his profound and
emotional compositions, which include symphonies, ballet and
Ill'yich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7th 1840 in the small
town of Votkinsk, Russia. He was the second son of six children
born to Il'ya Petrovich Tchaikovsky and his wife Alexandra
Andreyevna, to whom the young Pyotr Ill'yich was devoted.
He began taking piano lessons at the age of five and immediately
showed a great talent for music, the melodies he heard keeping
him awake in bed at night. At the age of ten he was sent to
boarding school in St. Petersburg to begin studies for a career
in the civil service, but he found the moment of separation
from his mother agonizing. Four years later she died, and
this event turned Pyotr to composition which he continued
privately, as the school did not teach music. In 1859 he graduated
and began three years working in the civil service, whilst
taking lessons in music theory privately with Nikolai Zaremba
and Anton Rubinstein at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire.
In 1862 he left to become a full-time student there after
securing financial support from his Father.
At that time, St. Petersburg was home to "The
Five" - a group of Russian composers including Mussorgsky,
Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tchaikovsky held himself largely
seperate from them, wishing to maintain a professionalism
in his writing that he felt would appeal to the European public
as well as the Russians. Whilst not wishing to join in with
what he considered to be their arrogance and self-concern,
he maintained a cordial relationship with them, and later
expressed admiration for Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky's
Tchaikovsky's life was greatly enriched by
his correspondance with Nadezdha von Meck, a wealthy widow
who supported him financially and with whom he shared his
deepest thoughts. It was impossible for him to publically
acknowledge his homosexuality, and so this friendship became
the closest he would get to a secure and intimate relationship.
A disastrous marraige to Antonina Miliukova lead him to a
mental breakdown, and following their seperation he wrote
to von Meck "Henceforth, every note that emanates from my
pen shall be dedicated to you". It was then that he composed
his opera "Eugene Onegin" and his Fourth Symphony, turmoil
and grief expressed magnificently in each.
Tchaikovsky's reputation as a composer and
a conductor grew steadily throughout his life, and he travelled
Europe and even visited America, conducting his Marche Slave
at the Carnegie Hall's inaugural concert in new York, and
gained an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge.
Works flowed steadily from his pen. But sadly, only nine days
after the first performance of his "Pathetique Symphony",
and following a reputed bout of cholera, Tchaikovsky died
on the 6th November 1893.
Throughout his life, Tchaikovsky strove to
write great music that would remain true to his great love
of Russia but that also would stand well in a world of European
composers. He found a way to channel his emotion and pain
into incredibly expressive and beautiful compositions which
are performed, recorded and admired today, and available in
our Royalty Free Music library.
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