Ilyich and the family name is Tchaikovsky. Russian composer of the romantic period, whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. Although musically precocious, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. There was scant opportunity for a musical career in Russia at that time and no system of public music education. Despite his many popular successes, Tchaikovsky’s life was punctuated by personal crises and depression. While his music has remained popular among audiences, critical opinions were initially mixed.
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Some Russians did not feel it was sufficiently representative of native musical values and expressed suspicion that Europeans accepted the music for its Western elements.