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Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: a great Russian name for a great Russian composer! Tchaikovsky was not always a happy man. He didn’t laugh a lot. But he wrote music that is full of good melodies. He often felt sad, but sometimes this made him write music that was even more special. This CD is all about Tchaikovsky. Imagine the ballet dancers twirling around to his tunes: you can twirl around too, if you like!
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
(born in 1840 • died in 1893)
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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