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Painting of Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky was a leading Russian composer of the late 19th century, whose works are notable for their melodic inspiration and their orchestration. He is regarded as the master composer for classical ballet, as demonstrated by his scores for Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. Among the most subjective of composers, Tchaikovsky is inseparable from his music. His work is a manifestation, sometimes charming, often showy, of repressed feelings that became more and more despairing in later years and were most fully expressed in his Sixth Symphony, one of the greatest symphonic works of its time. Though his later work rejected conscious Russian nationalism, its underlying sentiment and character are as distinctively Russian as that of the Russian nationalist composers.

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Watch an excerpt of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor

From the National Symphony Orchestra: 2011-2012 Season Preview Concert with Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.

Understanding the Music: Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Understanding the Music: Tchaikovsky - Selections from The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

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