124 years ago: Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky died

Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Vasily Czechowski / Wikipedia
His 'Swan Lake' and 'The Nutcracker' are adored worldwide to this day.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky was a giant of 19th century classical music. His style echoed the Westernizer-Slavophile divide among Russia’s intelligentsia, and indeed the Russian Empire as a whole, as he tried to create distinctly Russian music to European standards.

Tchaikovsky thus gave Russian melody and harmony a place in the West, and his acclaimed works such as Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and 1812 Overture are loved around the globe today. He passed away on Nov. 6, 1893 at the age of 53.

Tchaikovsky was buried in St. Petersburg, nine days after his final performance. His death is generally attributed to cholera.

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