Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Composer
(1840-1893). Tchaikovsky wrote music in every genre, including symphonies, operas, chamber music, concertos, and art songs. After early studies in law, he turned to music, and eventually enrolled in the St. Petersburg Conservatory, making him the only major Russian composer of the era with a formal musical education. But it is his tremendous gift for melody which most distinguishes his music from his Russian contemporaries. Despite repeated episodes of personal turmoil and depression, he ...