Piotr Iliych Tchaikovsky

Stéphane Ollivier

Illustrated by Charlotte Voake


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This illustrated biography of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsy, the great Russian provides an introduction to his music. Born into a wealthy family in Votkinsk in 1840 in Russia, the young Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsy developed an early taste for music. However, he was sent to study law in St. Petersburg, and after graduating he joined the Ministry of Justice. Before long he realised that the life of a civil servant did not suit him, and he entered the newly created Conservatory of Music in St. Petersburg. His dream was to become a composer, and he studied music day and night. By the age of 26 he was appointed as a teacher of Composition at the Moscow Conservatory and had written his first symphony. He went on to write 5 other symphonies, a piano and a violin concerto, operas such as Eugene Onegin, and music for ballet, including Swan Lake, for which he is perhaps best known. On the accompanying CD, the narration of the story is interwoven with recordings of his greatest works.