Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 20: The Life of Tchaikovsky


Episode #20 of Busy Kids Love Music marks the beginning of an enchanting journey into the life and compositions of one of the Romantic era’s greatest musical minds—Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. As we embark on this short series dedicated to the Russian maestro, our inaugural episode aims to unravel the captivating tales and influences that shaped the life of the man behind the melodies.

Step into the complex world of Tchaikovsky’s personal life, marked by a tumultuous marriage that he described as a “brief insanity.” Uncover the emotional intricacies of his relationships and the impact they had on his compositions. From the highs of inspiration to the lows of heartbreak, gain insights into the romantic turbulence that fueled Tchaikovsky’s creative genius.

Explore the fascinating friendship that unfolded between Tchaikovsky and a wealthy widow, a connection that would blossom into an abundance of musical compositions. Delve into the influence of this friendship on Tchaikovsky’s creative process, as he found inspiration in the support and camaraderie of a kindred spirit.

In this episode, we unravel the diverse styles and events that left an indelible mark on Tchaikovsky’s compositions. From his Russian roots to the influences of European music and cultural events, discover the kaleidoscope of elements that contributed to the richness and diversity of his musical repertoire.

Busy Kids Love Music is dedicated to making classical music history accessible and enjoyable for young minds. Episode #20 not only introduces the captivating stories of Tchaikovsky’s life but also provides educational insights into the influences and events that shaped the compositions of this legendary composer.

Whether you’re a parent eager to share the tales of classical composers with your child or a young listener excited to learn about the life of Tchaikovsky, Episode #20 is a must-listen. Subscribe to Busy Kids Love Music on your preferred podcast platform, and let the enchanting stories of Tchaikovsky’s life serenade you into a world of musical wonder.

Join me as we unravel the tales of Tchaikovsky, the man behind the melodies. Happy listening!

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

Busy Kids Do Piano Membership

Busy Moms Do Piano Membership

Episode 9: The Nutcracker

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Waltz of the Flowers (Tchaikovsky)

Symphony No. 6, 2nd Movement (Tchaikovsky)

Symphony No. 6, 3rd Movement (Tchaikovsky)

Piano Concerto No. 1

1812 Overture

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 20

Enjoy the links to performances connected to our theme of The Life of Tchaikovsky until our next episode airs in two weeks.

Day 1: 1812 Overture

Day 2: Swan Lake Theme

Day 3: Piano Concerto No. 1

Day 4: Sleeping Beauty Waltz

Day 5: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

Day 6: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Nutcracker

Day 7: Manfred Symphony

Day 8: Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique)

Day 9: Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48 IV. “Finale”

Day 10: Fantasy Overture (from Romeo & Juliet)

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