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Tchaikovsky is not only one of the corner stones of Russian musical culture and world music Its at the same time creative and technical encyclopedia to which every Russian has reference in the course of his own work Cross and Ewen 1025 said Dimitri Shostakovich Peter Iltich Tchaikovsky is considered one of the best composers of all time In this paper you will see how Tchaikovskys life was difficult and memorable Peter Tchaikovsky was born in Votinsk in the district of Viatka Russia on May 1 1840 His father Lieutenant colonel Ilya Petrovich Tchaikovsky a well-to-do engineer who was the principle inspector of Government Mines and Metallurgical works and mother Alexandra Andreuevna of French ancestry had seven children of whom Peter was third Cross and Ewen 1027 Peters first musical expression came whine he was three upon hearing one of Mozarts great arias Don Giovanni He demonstrated extaordinary sensitivity for music early in life As a child he was fascinated y a little mechanical instrument called an orchestrion When he was five he took piano lessons form Kundnges Life passed and when he was ten he and his family moved to St Petersburg where he was enrolled in preparatory classes for the school of jurisprudence Nicholas Zaremba was a big inspiration helping him to over come his natural tendencies toward indolence And he worked hard and well Another of Tchaikovskys teachers was Gabriel Lomankin Tchaikovskys mother died of cholera when he was 14 He finished school when he was 19 For a year he worked as a clerk in the Ministry of Justice a job he hated but devoted himself to completely Tchaikovskys first 20 years were very hard Working to survive in a world was there is no help Scionti 375 Cross and Ewen 1027-1028 Ewen 375 Tchaikovskys early works were technically sound but unappreciated I always thought that his music was always greatly appreciated in his time along with ours He started composing
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