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Tchaikovsky, A Supremely Adept And Proficient Composer Of The Late Romantic Period.
By Shaktida for Ekko
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
There is no human being who wouldn’t enjoy music. Music is the in fact, the cheapest form of therapy. The world has been home to some of the greatest and most talented artists and music composers that have left an indelible mark of their accomplishments in the world. One such man was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a supremely adept and proficient composer of the late Romantic period.
Some of his works feature amongst the most popular music in classical repertoire. His immoderate success as opposed to his disturbed personal life is a tremendous example of how Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky did not let any setbacks get in the way of being what he had set out to be.
1. Grab any opportunity that comes your way, it might be the only one.
Many people seek comfort in reassuring themselves about the opportunities that might come their way in the future to compensate for the opportunities that they have let go in the present. The truth is that unless you do something in your present you cannot expect your future to be what you want it to be.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, a small town in Russia. Although he had an inclination towards music from a very young age he grew up to be a civil servant because Russia, at that time, didn’t offer many opportunities to people who wanted to make a career in music. So when an opportunity for getting educated in music came his way he entered and graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory that was in a very nascent stage at that time. His education there is what set him apart from all the other contemporary musicians.
2. Learning is an ever- going process. Never shield yourself from any knowledge that comes your way.
Learning never ceases. No matter what you have accomplished and how polished a professional you are in your field, there is always something new to learn. Never be too proud of yourself.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s training set him on a path to reconcile with what he had learned with the native musical practices to which he had been exposed since his childhood. He took in everything that came his way when it came to music and that is one of the reasons why people know him for his singular music today.
3. We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges.
Most of the people, when faced with a challenge, give up, sit back and wonder why it has to be them. Whenever you are faced with a challenge always remember that you cannot touch success without encountering and overcoming challenges.
During his training, Tchaikovsky developed a characteristic Russian style whose melodies, harmonies and basic fundamentals were completely opposite to those that governed the Western European music. This prevented the use of Russian style music in a large scale Western composition and more than that it hurt Tchaikovsky’s self confidence. Despite all the struggles, we know him today.
4. Tragedies are a part of life and one should learn to move ahead.
People get stuck to the bad things that happen with them. Easier said than done but unless you try you will never really know if you could have done something bigger and better only if you could have moved ahead of a tragic loss.
Tchaikovsky was a victim of depression. He left his home at a young age to go to a boarding school and also lost his mother at a very young age. Later on there was a fall out between him and a very close friends of his. He became a widower at the age of 31. The series of personal losses had a very negative impact on Tchaikovsky’s mental well being. Despite this music went on to become his one refuge, his escape from the personal crisis that surrounded his life.
5. If you keep moving forward, you eventually get where you have always wanted to be.
Tchaikovsky faced countless personal struggles and the struggles in his musical career. He was criticized for creating music that did not have enough “Russia” in it. But with determined efforts in terms of piano concerts and music compositions he eventually started receiving the appreciation he and his talent deserved. He also composed operas for which he did receive some appreciation but after he had struggled for a long time.
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Tchaikovsky was honored by Emperor Alexander III in the year 1884. He was also awarded a lifetime pension. His music made a lasting impression on an international level and the contemporary classical musicians look up to him even today. Though Tchaikovsky died prematurely at the age of 53, though his personal life was full of struggles, though he faced setbacks in his musical career but despite everything he never gave up. Today, we know who Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is because his story will Ekko forever.
“Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music”
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