Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Romantic period composer from Russia who wrote some of the popular classical music of today. We’ll take a closer look at his work in the next episodes, but today, we’re getting to know a little bit about the man behind the music!

In today’s episode, you’ll learn…

  • About Tchaikovky’s tumultous marriage, which he called a “brief insanity”
  • How a friendship with a wealthy widow led to an abundance of musical compositions
  • What different styles and events influenced his compositions

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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