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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 1840-1893. Personal life. Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky Born in V otknisk Russia on May 7, 1840. His parents had six children! Tchaikovsky was a very emotional child The slightest scolding would upset him when he was a child

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personal life
Personal life

PyotrIlyitch Tchaikovsky

  • Born in Votknisk Russia on May 7, 1840.
  • His parents had six children!
  • Tchaikovsky was a very emotional child
  • The slightest scolding would upset him when he was a child
  • His parents were from Ukraine, Poland, French and Russian descent.
  • Pyotr’smother died when he was a child
  • He was gifted with musical talent
  • He learned to play the piano at the age of five.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky's mother Aleksandra AssierTchaikovskia


Later life

  • He was sent to boarding school
  • Tchaikovsky originally studied law before he became a musician.
  • He later decided to study music
  • Tchaikovsky studied music for the next three years.

Did you know: Tchaikovsky's mother died from the same causes that Pyotr Tchaikovsky himself died from


Tchaikovsky’s musical career.

  • Tchaikovsky’s music teacher was Anton Rubinstein.
  • Tchaikovsky became a professor of theory and harmony.
  • Tchaikovsky taught music at the Moscow Conservatory.
  • He wrote The Swan Lake, Eugene Onegin, four symphonies and a piano concert when he was a proffesor.

Inside the Moscow Conservatory

facts about the moscow conservatory
Facts about the Moscow conservatory
  • It has had twenty two directors/composers of music that taught students in it throughout history
  • Musicians still actively teach music in it to this day.
  • It is not only a school, but Concerts are performed in it as well.
  • Anybody can apply there, but they have to take placement tests to become students in it.
  • It is one of the biggest musical conservatries in the world.
  • Tchaikovsky was married and divorced two times
  • Tchaikovsky’s first misteress was named Desiree Artot, their relationship was broken up by Desiree’s mother.
  • Tchaikovsky’s second wife ended up at the mental hospital.

AntoninaMiliukova; Pyotr’sseacond mistress, this picture was taken on their honeymoon

Desiree Artot; Pyotr’s first mistress

  • Tchaikovsky went on a vacation to Switzerland after his second divorce
  • He lived with his brother Modest Tchaikovsky
  • During that vacation he wrote a song; Violin Concerto in D
  • His pen pal Nadeza Von Meck sent him money even though that Nadeza never even met him.
  • Tchaikovsky and Nadeza were friends for fourteen years.

Modest Tchaikovsky

Nadeza Von Meck


Later work and Death of Tchaikovsky

  • Tchaikovsky toured Europe and played his material
  • Between 1883 and 1893 Tchaikovsky wrote Symphony number five and Symphony number six.
  • During this time he also wrote plays; The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
  • Tchaikovsky died on November 06, 1893.

The Sleeping Beauty ballet performed in Moscow, there are many movies made about Sleeping Beauty as well

The Nutcracker ballet

  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his mother Aleksandra AssierTchaikovskia died from it.
  • It is a virus spread through fecal matter, a person can get it from eating contaminated food or water.
  • It still plagues some nations today.
  • Can cause dehydration and kidney failure.
  • It is rampant in poor neighborhoods and refugee camps.
  • It is common in unsanitary places that lack clean water.
  • It can be cured by antibiotics, intravenous fluids and oral rehydration salts.
pyotr tchaikovski s music
PyotrTchaikovski’s Music
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D because he was motivated to by a violinist Joseph Kotek (IosifKotek) that visited him.
  • During that time he was in Switzerland recovering from his divorce
  • Joseph Kotek was a student of Tchaikovsky’s in Moscow
  • Violin and Orchestra in D is played by symphony orchestra.

IosifKotek (left) Pyotr Tchaikovsky (right)


Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D

  • Tchaikovsky handed his concerto to St. Petersburg conservatory, but the conservatory refused to play the piece.
  • Tchaikovsky handed his piece to Adolf Brodsky, who was a musician that played Tchaikovsky’s piece to public.
  • Many people gave negative criticism to Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D, and it really irritated Tchaikovsky

Adolf Brodsky

concerto for violin and orchestra in d op 35
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D, Op.35

This is a listening guide for the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D, Op.35, by PyotrIlyich Tchaikovsky. (

0:00-0:06; A quiet viola plays the intro alone, the tempo is slow

0:46-1:00; Violin solo, the rhythm is pretty slow, then the chorus begins at 1:00 mark.

1:32; The violins replays what was in 1:00, only this time it is faster and the Dynamics became “louder,” and you hear some instruments pluck their strings (pizzicato.)

2:22; Whole orchestra plays and they begin to ascend their highest and lowest pitch at each next section at the start of 2:27 which meant to set the listener to a good mood.

2:40; The conclusion of the orchestra session that begin on 2:22.

2:50; A whole different melody begins.

3:13; The melody that begin at 2:50 plays at higher pitch and it played even higher pitched melody at 3:28


4:00; The melody stepped up its highest pitch and its lowest pitch to a high amount, then the orchestra started to play a descending melody at 4:07 to mark a cadence of 4:00 melody.

4:30 More instruments added with the violins are now playing the melody that only strings started at 2:50.

4:48; The Violin was playing allegro.

5:37; The full version of the chorus played by the entire orchestra, it has trumpets glorifying the theme.

5:56; The full version chorus repeats again and ends with a cadence to the melody at 6:10.

6:34; The chorus with only violins.

6:50; Clarinets decorated the violin solo.

7:38; The full version of the chorus melody played once again with the full orchestra.

7:51; Tense melody played by the string instruments that lasted until 8:27 that switched between the orchestra and the violin multiple times.

8:25; Solo violin started a whole different melody.

8:55; Violin playing parts of the chorus melody but connects it with the new piece its playing.

9:30; Violinist replays the 8:55 only in a more sadder tone.


10:18; Woodwind instruments play the chorus.

10:30; Backup of the chorus by the violin.

11:44; Violin and the woodwinds played.

12:40; The 8:55 melody was backed up by clarinets.

13:25; Exciting jumpy moment.

14:26; The woodwinds marked the beginning of the coda.

15:12; Marked the beginning of the end for the song.

15:34; Grand finale to the song.

works cited
Works Cited

Rodda, Richard. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35. Kennedy-center. 16 April, 2009. Web. November 14, 2011.

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