If Tchaikovsky felt it, it found a way into his music.
Born May 7, 1840 in Kamsko-Votkinsk in Russia, Tchaikovsky was a deeply sensitive and emotional child who exceled in foreign languages and music from an early age.
At 19, he completed his studies, joined the Ministry of Justice, and embarked on a career which would confer status and a steady income.
Tchaikovsky took his Conservatory training and layered on elements of the Russian music he had grown up with to develop his own style.
Tchaikovsky’s fortunes changed in 1877 when he gained the emotional and financial support of wealthy patron Nadezhda Von Meck.
Von Meck stipulated that she never wanted to meet as a condition of her patronage, and the socially awkward Tchaikovsky was more than happy to comply.
You are afraid that you will not find in me those ideal qualities that your imagination has attributed to me. »