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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1840 - 1893

Peter Tchaikovsky.  [Online Image]  Available, June 11, 2001.
Listen to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

Tchaikovsky was born into a wealthy Russian family.  His father wanted Peter to become a lawyer.  How lucky for us he became a composer instead!

Tchaikovsky wrote music during the Romanatic period.  By the time he died in 1893, Tchaikovsky wrote some of the most beautiful music ever composed.  These pieces include the 1812 Overture, the Romeo and Juliet Overture, and concertos for violin and piano.  He had exciting music like March Slav. His ballet music includes The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker

Here are the different movements of The Nutcracker:

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Russian Dance
Arabian Dance
Chinese Dance
Dance of the Reed Flutes
Waltz of the Flowers

To hear Tchaikovsky's music, go to Classical MIDI Archives

For an in depth look at Tchaikovsky's life click here.

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