Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tchaikovsky

Born April 25 [May 7, New Style], 1840, Votkinsk, Russia died October 25 [November 6], 1893, St. Petersburg

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1887.[Credits : Central State Archive for Cinemographic, Photographic and Phonographic Documents, St. Petersburg, Russia; photograph, Konstantin Shapiro]the most popular Russian composer of all time. His music has always had great appeal for the general public in virtue of its tuneful, open-hearted melodies, impressive harmonies, and colourful, picturesque orchestration, all of which evoke a profound emotional response. His oeuvre includes 7 symphonies, 11 operas, 3 ballets, 5 suites, 3 piano concertos, a violin concerto, 11 overtures (strictly speaking, 3 overtures and 8 single movement programmatic orchestral works), 4 cantatas, 20 choral works, 3 string quartets, a string sextet, and more than 100 songs and piano pieces.

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