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8.578214 - My First Tchaikovsky Album

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
(born in 1840 • died in 1893)


Meet Tchaikovsky…

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky was just five when he started learning the piano—in his small home-town in Russia. Most families like his had a piano but very few small boys could play it so well. Then he started writing music, too.

Ideas for new music poured out of him, especially wonderful tunes. He wrote a lot of music for ballets as well as for big orchestras and small groups of instruments, such as string quartets (two violins, one viola, one cello). Pyotr was a sensitive man: he was upset if audiences at first didn’t like his music, even though sometimes it is difficult to like new things.

He had one particular fan, a rich lady called Nadezhda von Meck. She sent him money to help him but she made a strict rule: she and Pyotr must never meet. She knew what he looked like from seeing him play at concerts, but he saw only a photograph of her!

Pyotr died unexpectedly when he was 53. No one knows exactly why—perhaps he caught an illness. But his music became more and more popular…

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