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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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pyotr ilyich tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • born Kamsko-Votkinsk, May 7, 1840
  • died St. Petersburg, November 6, 1893
  • Russian nationalist composer
  • Late Romantic Period
childhood schooling
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
early life
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
late romantic period
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
the nutcracker suite
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
overture
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
marche
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
dance of the sugar plum fairy
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
the end
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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