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Imperial Russia Meme | M U S I C I A N | Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky was the author of some of the most popular themes in all of classical music. He founded no school, struck out no new paths or compositional methods, and sought few innovations in his works. Yet the power and communicative sweep of his best music elevates it to classic status, even if it lacks the formal boldness and harmonic sophistication heard in the compositions of his contemporaries, Wagner and Bruckner. It was Tchaikovsky’s unique melodic charm that could, whether in his Piano Concerto No. 1 or in his ballet The Nutcracker or in his tragic last symphony, make the music sound familiar on first hearing.

Tchaikovsky was born into a family of five brothers and one sister. He began taking piano lessons at age four and showed remarkable talent, eventually surpassing his own teacher’s abilities. By age nine, he exhibited severe nervous problems, not least because of his overly sensitive nature. The following year, he was sent to St. Petersburg to study at the School of Jurisprudence. The loss of his mother in 1854 dealt a crushing blow to the young Tchaikovsky. In 1859, he took a position in the Ministry of Justice, but longed for a career in music, attending concerts and operas at every opportunity. He finally began study in harmony with Zaremba in 1861, and enrolled at the St. Petersburg Conservatory the following year, eventually studying composition with Anton Rubinstein..


The drawing room at Melsetter House, Orkney.
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Walter Ernest Webster; Lady Diana (detail).
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~   Emile Zola, Claude’s Confession (via talesofpassingtime)
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The conservatory at Standen, East Grinstead.

Conservatories are rare in Arts and Crafts houses. At Standen, the stifling humidity of the Victorian conservatory was supplanted by an airy circulation space where the codes of conduct dictated by each of the interior rooms were relaxed.
—Wendy Hitchmough, 2000
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Lady Reading by a Window, Thomas Benjamin Kennington
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Latest Sketch from Sebastien Sauvadet
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Uniforms of the Bucks Militia, from a 1793 manuscript muster roll.

Canvas  by  andbamnan