History of Classical Music

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Romantic Period
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky had younger twins in his family. He had eight people in his family, not including himself. His mother died when he was fifteen. His mom and him both had a disease called cholera. His hometown was Votkinsk. He later moved to St. Petersburg.

His mother and father got him to play the piano. When he was eight his family moved to St. Petersburg were he went to boarding school.

He was from the Romantic period of music. He was born on May 7, 1840. He died November 6, 1893 in St. Petersburg. He drank a glass of unboiled water at lunch and got a disease called cholera.

He was most famous for writing music. When he was nineteen he had become a clerk in the Ministry of Justice. By 1866 he was a professor of harmony at the new Moscow Conservatory.

He wrote ballets, piano concertos, symphonies and operas, including Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin. We listened to three pieces; they were Polonaise, Walzer and Nutcracker. Our favorite one was the Polonaise because it's lively and makes you feel good and happy.

By Jennifer S. and Tiffany H. (Grade 5)

Music by Tchaikovsky

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