Composer of the Month

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

(1840-1893)


Our composer of the month for the month of December is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer who lived during the Romantic Era of music. Born in a small village into a musical family, Tchaikovsky was one of six siblings. He began studying piano at age five, and by age eight he was reading sheet music as well his teacher. After studying music for most of his teen years, he ended up becoming one of the greatest composers to come out of Russia. Having composed symphonies, ballets, operas, and chamber and solo music, Tchaikovsky had a very wide creative and stylistic range of music. He wrote such pieces as the “1812 Overture”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Nutcracker”, and “Swan Lake”. He died at the age of 53, days after premiering his Sixth Symphony.