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Tchaikovsky's birthday anniversary is today

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

1840

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

1850

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

1863

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

1875-6

Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty

1869

Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture

1874

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.

1876

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

1879

Eugene Onegin performed in Moscow (March 29)

1888

Makes a highly successful international concert tour as conductor

1891

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

Nutcracker

1893

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

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

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