The catalogue of classical music is massive. It’s hard to know where to start. As part of this journey into the classical world I’ve decided to immerse myself in a different composer every month. Each week of that month I’ll look at a popular or interesting piece and the story around it. It’ll be their story and my story.
September’s composer is Pytor Tchaikovsky. A man who pursued a life in music despite there being little offer of a musical career in Russia at the time. Known for being a master of melody Tchaikovsky spent much of his compositional career finding a balance between Western and Russian musical styles. Many of his works are incredibly well-known including his ballets (Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Nutcracker) and of course the 1812 Overture. I found his pieces to be very seductive and immediately attractive.
Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky