Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
You can talk about music endlessly! With you, Irina Ivaskiv. I love modern music, I try to follow the latest in this area. But the heart is always drawn to the classics. Some kind of unique, touching, magically bewitching, bare-real, eternal. Both simple and deep overnight. And warm, like the first days of autumn, and dousing with a cold shower … The more you plunge into classical music, the more difficult it is to listen to today’s “musi-pusi-smoki-jagi”. Every lover of the classics has his own circle of favorite composers. And I have them: Bach, Beethoven, Handel … This is a long list. And Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is in it. In this article, I wanted to acquaint you with little-known facts from the life and work of a talented teacher, an extraordinary professional composer, and an ingenious music critic.
Fact # 1: Musical childhood and attentive parents
Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyOne of the most interesting facts about Pyotr Ilyich: the talent of a musician was shown in him already at the age of 4! The Tchaikovsky family very often held creative evenings – reading poetry, singing songs, playing the piano! Music was introduced into the life of little Peter gradually, but confidently. Initially, no one could have imagined that the little boy would turn into a world-famous composer, but gradually parents began to notice that he had a craving for music and began to teach his son how to play the piano.
Fact # 2: Lawyer from the Ministry of Justice with the soul of a musician
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The second no less interesting fact from the life of the composer – he was a lawyer. Yes, yes, it seemed to combine two completely opposite sides – creativity and jurisprudence. Tchaikovsky’s parents believed that a lawyer is a very worthy profession for their smart and educated son. And, frankly, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky himself did not consider music a serious hobby. But (as often happens) circumstances turned out differently.
It all started with the fact that in the 1850s, Tchaikovsky was studying at the Imperial School of Law. Here he studied “law and order”, imbued with the spirit of jurisprudence. It was there that he was awarded the title of titular adviser (!), And then sent to serve in the Ministry of Justice. But even more curious is the fact that the young lawyer was able to graduate from the conservatory only after six years of service. Still, music prevailed over the hardworking, but persistent lawyer.
This, by the way, is very close to me. I remember how I graduated from the metallurgical college. I remember how I defended my diploma in front of the state commission. My topic was very “musical” (Improving the performance of a chemical water treatment system). I remember how the chairman of the state commission, carefully looking at my drawings, asked thoughtfully: – And what does your chemical water treatment system look like a violin? Uh … If he hadn’t asked, she herself would hardly have noticed it. I peer – for sure! And there is! Violin! That’s when my musical inside out leaked for the first time …)))
Fact # 3: Hello, do you accept lawyers at the conservatory?
The third fact is connected with Anton Rubinstein, who has changed a lot in the life of the composer. The father of young Tchaikovsky encouraged his son’s musical talent in every possible way. He wanted the young man to continue to engage in musical creativity. At the age of 21, Tchaikovsky successfully “nibbled” jurisprudence, but his father’s thoughts about his son’s musical future more and more broke into Tchaikovsky’s life.
The young man himself did not seriously think about music, and he took his father’s offer to enter the conservatory as a joke. However, when he found out that Anton Rubinstein himself would conduct classes at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the young man’s decision quickly changed – he immediately applied for admission to the conservatory and went deeper into the study of music.
Fact # 4: Can I put out the fire for creative inspiration?
Fact No. 4 – Tchaikovsky once had to extinguish a fire. Everyone knows about the kindness and humanity of the composer. The story happened back in 1885. It was a terrifyingly hot and sultry summer. People were hiding in their homes, and there was not a single cloud or cloud in the sky.
Tchaikovsky came to Klin for a short while, and just during this period of his stay there – on June 24 – a disaster happened – a fire. The fire captured several dozen shopping malls and tents, people around panicked. Of course, there were brave men who helped put out the fire. Among them was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. There were, thank God, no casualties, the trouble was quickly eliminated.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Fact # 5: So who was hiding under the initials of journalist B.L.!
Fact No. 5 – Tchaikovsky managed to work as a journalist. The career of a great composer is sometimes impressive! He managed to try himself not only in the field of jurisprudence, but also in journalism. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky worked in several newspapers at the same time and wrote articles on musical topics. In them, he expressed his opinion on a particular work. Thus was born a professional music critic. Sometimes the composer’s texts were criticized, but geniuses do not have a different way.