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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is in my opinion one of the greatest classical music composers of all time He also had one of the most interesting lives I have ever read about Although he suffered through a large enormity of emotional problems and nervous breakdowns along with having to deal with harsh instances of love and death his music reflects these emotions in a very beautiful way Tchaikovsky also spelled Chaikovsky or Tschaikovsky and often referred to as Peter was born on May seventh 1840 in Votkinsk Russia His father Ilya Petrovitch Tchaikvosky was the superintendent of government owned mines giving his family an upper-class standing in Russia and Tchaikovsky had a French governess mostly because his mother was half-French Although he was musically talented at a young age his parents were unsupportive as he was kind of anxious and excitable and they thought music would do him even more harm mentally But even before age 10 he had already begun composing music Because of a transfer in his fathers job in about 1850 the family was moved to Moscow and then to St Petersburg where Tchaikovsky was sent to the prepatory School of Jurisprudence which was all male He lived somewhat happily until his mothers death four years later He had loved her very much almost abnormally and was deeply disturbed by it with his fathers uncaring manner intensifying the matter even worse To help alleviate some of the pain involved Tchaikovsky composed a short waltz for piano with thoughts of composing an opera as well Underlying homosexual desires also burdened him during this time while attending an all-male school didnt help it any For the rest of these school years the only musical education he got was random piano singing and harmony lessons along with several opera attendances which have been said to have lasting influences on his musical taste In 1859
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