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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): born in Votkinsk, near the Urals. At a young age he demonstrated great talent at the piano. However in 1850 he was sent by his parents to the St.Petersburg’s School of Jurisprudence to become a future civil servant. At that time any profession related to music was not considered prestigious enough in the Russian society.
In 1859, Tchaikovsky was appointed as a civil servant at the Ministry of Justice. However in 1862 he enrolled at the St.Peterburg’s music Conservatory.

MY FAVOURITE WORKS:
-String Quartet in B Flat Major (1865)
-Symphony 1 (1866)
-None but the Lonely heart (1869)
-To Forget Too Soon (1870)
-Symphony 2 (1872)
-The Tempest (1873)
-Piano Concerto n.1 (1875)
-Sérénade mélancolique in B-flat minor (1875)
-Marche Slave (1876)
-String Quartet No.3 in E-flat minor (1876)
-The Swan Lake (1876)
-Les Saisons (1876) [special mention to ‘May’]
-Violin Concerto in D Major (1878)
-Album for the Youth Op.39 (1879) [special mention to the ‘Lark Song’]
-Piano Concerto n.2 (1880)
-Serenade for Strings (1880)
-1812 Overture (1882)
-Piano Trio in A minor (1882)
-Children’s songs (1883)
-Orchestral Suite N.4 (1884)
-9 Sacred Pieces (1885) [special mention to ‘Let my prayer arise’ and ‘Hymn of the Cherubins’ ]
-Manfred Symphony (1885)
-Dumka in C minor (1886)
-Symphony 5 (1888)
-The Sleeping Beauty (1889)
-The Nutcracker (1892)
-18 pieces for piano (1893) [special mention for ‘Impromptu’, ‘Barceuse’, ‘Valse buluette’]
-Andante and Finale (1893)
-Symphony 6 (1893) [The morendo finale with the ‘pppp’ instruction for the cellos is probably one of the deepest musical experiences one could ever get]

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