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Tchaikovsky's birthday anniversary is today

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#1 sz


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Posted 07 May 2003 - 06:20 AM

(just a few dates from this great man's life)

Piotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky born (May 7) at Votkinsk

Begins to compose; sent to School of Jurisprudence in St. Petersburg.

Resigns his post at the Ministry of Justice in order to devote all his time to music study

Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty

Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture

Composes Piano Concerto in B Flat Minor, intending to dedicate it to Nicholas Rubinstein but when it is severely criticized by him dedicates it instead to Hans von Bulow.

Meets Liszt and calls on Wagner, who do not receive him.

Eugene Onegin performed in Moscow (March 29)

Makes a highly successful international concert tour as conductor

Visits America, and conducts his own works at the ceremonies opening Carnegie Hall (May 5th)


Returns to his country house at Klin in January, and begins Symphony No.6, the "Pathetic." Goes to England in June to receive an honorary degree from Cambridge University. Sixth Symphony performed under his direction at the St. Petersburg on Oct. 28, without marked success.

Tchaikovsky develops cholera and dies in St. Petersburg.

Credit: Written by Daniel Gregory Mason for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

#2 dirac


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Posted 07 May 2003 - 12:55 PM

Thanks sz! How different ballet history would be without him. :)

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