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More about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Born in Kamsko-Votkinsk (Russia) in 1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was one of the most important composers of the romantic period. His works are some of the most popular among the classical music repertoire.
Although Tchaikovsky was educated to have a career as a civil servant, he ended up being one of the first students of the St. Petersburg Conservatory from which he graduated in 1865. He created a personal and a recognisably Russian style that was present at all his works. However, despite of his popular successes among the audience, Tchaikovsky was also criticised because his works didn’t represent the values of the nation.
He experienced some personal situations that made him suffered from depression and anxiety, but his homosexuality, which he kept secret, was one of the major factors. He struggled with with societal pressures to repress his homosexuality so he finally married a music student but the marriage was a completely failure.
He’s very well-known for his famous ballets The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, but his collective body of works constitutes 169 pieces in total. Concertos, symphonies, ballets and operas show that he established himself as one of the most talented composers of the period.
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