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8 th Grade General Music. Beth Sundquist. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. born Kamsko-Votkinsk, May 7, 1840 died St. Petersburg, November 6, 1893 Russian nationalist composer Late Romantic Period. Childhood/Schooling. Father was a mine inspector Started piano lessons at age five

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8th Grade General Music

Beth Sundquist


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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • born Kamsko-Votkinsk, May 7, 1840

  • died St. Petersburg, November 6, 1893

  • Russian nationalist composer

  • Late Romantic Period


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Childhood/Schooling

  • Father was a mine inspector

  • Started piano lessons at age five

  • At age ten he was sent to the School of Jurisprudence at St. Petersburg

  • Mother died when he was 14

  • He was a very sensitive child and parting from his mother was difficult

  • At 19 he took a post at the Ministry of Justice

  • In 1863 he entered the Conservatory, also undertaking private teaching


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Early Life

  • He was often depressed and insecure around people

  • Known homosexual

  • Married Antonina Ivanova Miliukovain 1877

  • She left him after only nine weeks

  • Attempted suicide

  • Nervous breakdown

  • Nadejda von Meck - pen pal and subsidizer for 14 years

  • Terminated relationship in 1890 for fear of bankruptcy


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Late Romantic Period

  • 1850-1900

  • Focused on self-expression in music

  • Many new and diverse musical styles emerged

  • Grand opera is the most noted form of this period

  • Musical storytelling was also popular

  • Romantic music is more lyrical/programmatic than music of the Classical era


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The Nutcracker Suite

  • First performance December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg

  • Overture

  • Marche

  • Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy

  • Trepak- Russian Dance

  • Arab Dance

  • Chinese Dance

  • Dance of the Reed Pipes

  • Waltz of the Flowers


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Overture

  • Christmas at the Stahlbaum home

  • Clara’s godfather makes magical toys

  • Clara gets a Nutcracker doll, brother Fritz breaks it, godfather fixes doll

  • Clara gets up in the night for her doll,falls asleep under the Christmas tree, starts to dream


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Marche

  • The Mouse King attacks, the Nutcracker Prince tries to defend Clara, but is struck down

  • Clara defeats the Mouse King by throwing her shoe

  • Clara kisses the Nutcracker Prince and he turns human

  • They travel through the Land of Snow to the Land of Sweets


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Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy

  • In the Land of Sweets, Clara and the Prince meet the Sugar-Plum Fairy

  • She invites them to stay and be entertained by her subjects







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The End

  • Clara and the Nutcracker Prince return home on a sleigh of ice and candy

  • Clara awakens from her dream


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