Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Biography

Born: May 7, 1840; Russia   Died: Nov 6, 1893; Russia   Period: Romantic
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky was the author of some of the most popular themes in all of classical music. He founded no school, struck out no new paths or compositional methods, and sought few innovations in his works. Yet the power and communicative sweep of his best music elevates it to classic status, even if it lacks the formal boldness and harmonic sophistication heard in the compositions of his contemporaries, Wagner and Bruckner. It was Read more Tchaikovsky's unique melodic charm that could, whether in his Piano Concerto No. 1 or in his ballet The Nutcracker or in his tragic last symphony, make the music sound familiar on first hearing.

Tchaikovsky was born into a family of five brothers and one sister. He began taking piano lessons at age four and showed remarkable talent, eventually surpassing his own teacher's abilities. By age nine, he exhibited severe nervous problems, not least because of his overly sensitive nature. The following year, he was sent to St. Petersburg to study at the School of Jurisprudence. The loss of his mother in 1854 dealt a crushing blow to the young Tchaikovsky. In 1859, he took a position in the Ministry of Justice, but longed for a career in music, attending concerts and operas at every opportunity. He finally began study in harmony with Zaremba in 1861, and enrolled at the St. Petersburg Conservatory the following year, eventually studying composition with Anton Rubinstein.

In 1866, the composer relocated to Moscow, accepting a professorship of harmony at the new conservatory, and shortly afterward turned out his First Symphony, suffering, however, a nervous breakdown during its composition. His opera The Voyevoda came in 1867-1868 and he began another, The Oprichnik, in 1870, completing it two years later. Other works were appearing during this time, as well, including the First String Quartet (1871), the Second Symphony (1873), and the ballet Swan Lake (1875).

In 1876, Tchaikovsky traveled to Paris with his brother, Modest, and then visited Bayreuth, where he met Liszt, but was snubbed by Wagner. By 1877, Tchaikovsky was an established composer. This was the year of Swan Lake's premiere and the time he began work on the Fourth Symphony (1877-1878). It was also a time of woe: in July, Tchaikovsky, despite his homosexuality, foolishly married Antonina Ivanovna Milyukova, an obsessed admirer, their disastrous union lasting just months. The composer attempted suicide in the midst of this episode. Near the end of that year, Nadezhda von Meck, a woman he would never meet, became his patron and frequent correspondent.

Further excursions abroad came in the 1880s, along with a spate of successful compositions, including the Serenade for Strings (1881), 1812 Overture (1882), and the Fifth Symphony (1888). In both 1888 and 1889, Tchaikovsky went on successful European tours as a conductor, meeting Brahms, Grieg, Dvorák, Gounod, and other notable musical figures. Sleeping Beauty was premiered in 1890, and The Nutcracker in 1892, both with success.

Throughout Tchaikovsky's last years, he was continually plagued by anxiety and depression. A trip to Paris and the United States followed one dark nervous episode in 1891. Tchaikovsky wrote his Sixth Symphony, "Pathétique," in 1893, and it was successfully premiered in October, that year. The composer died ten days later of cholera, or -- as some now contend -- from drinking poison in accordance with a death sentence conferred on him by his classmates from the School of Jurisprudence, who were fearful of shame on the institution owing to an alleged homosexual episode involving Tchaikovsky. Read less

Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Stewart Goodyear
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30035   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty / Jarvi, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5113   Number of Discs: 2
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Opera In English - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Mackerras
Release Date: 04/24/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 3042   Number of Discs: 2
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Historical - Tchaikovsky: Complete String Quartets / Borodin
Release Date: 01/23/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9871   Number of Discs: 2
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Tchaikovsky: Complete Suites / Järvi, Detroit So
Release Date: 11/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9676   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Marche slave, Op. 31

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  • 101.
    The Classical Kids Collection Vol 2
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84324 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Traditional,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Monica Whicher,  Mark Donnelly,  Erin Cooper-Gay,  Bruce Ubukata  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Arts Orchestra,  High Park Girls Choir
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  • 102.
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Music Vol 2 / Oxana Yablonskaya
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553330 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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  • 103.
    1999 TMEA All-state Bands
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2999 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nancy Galbraith,  Howard Hanson,  Mark Camphouse,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  James Keene,  Gary Green,  Jack Stamp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas All State AAA Band,  Texas All State Concert Band,  Texas All-State 4a Symphonic Band
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  • 104.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1, Marche Slave, Festival Overture / Pletnev
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453445 Release Date: 02/18/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Tchaikovsky Album
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 61978 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Vato Kahi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Festival Orchestra
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  • 106.
    An Evening With The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68860 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Carmen Dragon,  Miklós Rózsa,  Earl Bernard Murray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Romeo & Juliet, Marche Slave
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69033 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Igor Markevitch,  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Stokowski - First Releases
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 502 Release Date: 08/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Kelly,  Stephen Foster  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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  • 109.
    Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, Etc / Gergiev, Kirov Orch
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442775 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anatole Liadov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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  • 110.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Capriccio Italien, Etc / Dorati
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443003 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5, Marche Slave / Mardjani, Kahi
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57242 Release Date: 05/31/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Vato Kahi,  Jahni Mardjani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Festival Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Marches - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3612 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Henry Fillmore  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Military Band,  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Denver Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 113.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Reiner, Chicago
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61958 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Dmitri Kabalevsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Tchaikovsky: Tchaikovsky Festival
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550500 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Classical Kids - Tchaikovsky Discovers America
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84240 Release Date: 09/14/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Traditional
    Performer:  John Arpin
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Arts Orchestra,  High Park Girls Choir
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  • 116.
    Majestic Marches / Hayman, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550370 Release Date: 01/14/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Label: Imp Classics   Catalog: 21 Release Date: 09/01/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
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  • 118.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5, March Slav, Etc / Antal Dorati
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434305 Release Date: 03/10/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Etc / Abbado, Chicago So
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47179 Release Date: 10/18/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Tchaikovsky - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60845 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 121.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60492 Release Date: 06/21/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812, Marche Slave, Etc / Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429984 Release Date: 03/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Romeo & Juliet, Etc / Doráti
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417742 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
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  • 124.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812, Etc / Dutoit, Montreal So
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417300 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Etc / Abbado, Chicago So
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42368 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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