Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky is one of the
most beloved composers in history. He wrote many famous compositions
including the 1812 Overture, Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) and Francesca
de Rimini. He was born in Votkinsk, Russia in 1840. By the time he
was 19 years old, he decided on a career in music.
In 1877, he married Antoinita Milyukova,
although he didn't love her. Within a year, he had attempted suicide by
throwing himself into the Moscow River. During that time he was supported
by Madame Von Meck, a wealthy widow who persuaded him to take an annuity
so that he could devote his time to composing. They never formerly
met, although they kept in touch by writing long letters during their 13
years friendship. In 1890, Madame Von Meck informed him that she
couldn't afford to pay the annuity any longer. He is known for his 3 works,
The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty.
He died in 1893 of mysterious causes.
Some beleive that he died of cholera. Others think he was the victim of
murder or suicide. The people of Russia loved this great composer.
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