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A Tchaikovsky Marathon

Tchaik

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Monday, December 29 through Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7 pm


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Russia in 1840. As a boy, he was very taken with the work of Mikhail Glinka, one of the first composers to create a true Russian style of composition. He listened to Glinka’s Kamarinskaya over and over again. The boy was very close to his mother, a French pianist. She gave him piano lessons; and he fell in love with music.

Tchaikovsky would become one of the most beloved composers in the world; writing the soundtrack for Christmas and 4th of July celebrations (The Nutcracker and 1812 Overture); composing blockbuster concertos, and the foundation of classical ballet.

The riches that came from Tchaikovsky’s pen are too numerous for one week of Exploring Music, so Bill decided to spend two weeks on this celebrated Russian composer. Join Bill McGlaughlin and WFMT for the life and music of Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, weeknights at 7:00 pm, December 29-January 2.

  • alterson

    How was Tchaikovsky able to listen to “Glinka’s Kamarinskaya over and over again”?