I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my theme this year is classical music. Check out the list of other participants by clicking here! T
is for Tchaikovsky. Pyotr Ilyich
Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer who lived from 1840 to 1893. Today’s
featured video is the waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet.
Ilyich Tchaikovsky was initially taught piano by his governess starting at the
age of 4. He also became fluent in French and German by the age of 6.
was sent to boarding school at the age of 10 to further his musical studies.
When his mother dropped him off, it was so traumatic for him that he clung to
the wheels of her carriage trying to stop her from leaving him there.
said that this experience stuck with him his entire life and contributed to the
emotion in his musical works.
Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky wrote music inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Some of his other popular works include the 1812 Overture and his three ballets- Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The
Original cast of The Sleeping Beauty
Saint Petersburg, 1890
have most likely heard something from The
Nutcracker, especially around Christmastime. Disney’s Sleeping Beauty uses many adaptations from Tchaikovsky’s ballet of
the same name.
great motivational quote from Tchaikovsky: "Inspiration is a guest that
does not willingly visit the lazy."
trivia: Which of Saint-Saëns’ pieces is meant to envision Death playing a
fiddle? Answer: Danse Macabre
this challenge, I’m keeping a playlist of the videos I’m using plus some extras
for anyone who wants to hear more. I will update with the latest letter each
day. Today’s extra video, like yesterday’s addition, is swan-related. It is the
“Swan Theme” from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
ballet performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yuri
Are you a fan of
music from The Nutcracker? Do you know any of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, concertos, or other works?
I also want to apologize for not getting to anybody's "S" post yesterday, it has been an exceptionally busy week, and visiting blogs just was not happening for me Friday. I plan to catch up on "S" and "T" posts today, since I finally have a day off!