4 Tchaikovsky’s Life Born on May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Russia He had four brothers and one sisterHis father Ilya had three wivesHe first studied law in his youth, and became a law clerk in St. PetersburgIn his twenties, he rebelled and began to study music at the conservatory in St. Petersburg
5 The marriage was a disaster - it lasted a month He was a big fan of MozartHe studied composition with Anton RubinsteinIn 1866 he moved to Moscow to begin teaching at the new conservatory thereHe was horrible when he began composingHe married Antonina Ivanovana Milyukoff on July 6, 1877The marriage was a disaster - it lasted a monthHe had a benefactor named Nadezhda von Meck - she loved his music
6 He came to New York in 1891 and conducted his works at Carnegie Hall He experienced a great deal of fame in the last 10 years of his lifeOn November 6, 1893, Tchaikovsky died from drinking a glass of unfiltered water from which he got choleraHe is buried in St. Petersburg
8 Famous Compositions Swan Lake Sleeping Beauty The Nutcracker Romeo & Juliet1812 OvertureSymphony No. 2Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”Piano Concerto No. 1
9 His Musical Mark He was the master of the ballet His melodies are very hauntingHe used a great deal of folk music in his symphonic worksHis music is known for being both too beautiful and too depressingTchaikovsky’s life was filled with turmoil and so was his music
12 There are very few surviving manuscripts written by Tchaikovsky There are very few surviving manuscripts written by Tchaikovsky. He was very critical of his own work, and very often burned his scores.
13 Describe how the music, ballet & story fit together And now… Swan LakeDescribe how the music, ballet & story fit together