Born:  7 May 1840 in Russia.

Died: 6 November 1893 in Russia.

Tchaikovsky is often described as the first Russian composer to gain long-lasting, international acclaim. His music as well as varying in form, from symphonies, to concertos, to ballets and operas was also varied in terms of melody. He gained inspiration from Western music as well as the more approved Russian folk songs and tunes from within his home country, this was not always well received but since his death, Tchaikovsky’s music has become some of the most popular in the classical repertoire.