Composer Fast Fact Sheet

Five facts about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

1. He was just 4 when he began composing!

2. Like Beethoven and Mahler Tchaikovsky liked to take a walk of two hours every day. If he returned even a minute early great misfortunes would befall him!

3. He also enjoyed mushroom picking!

4. A big fan of Shakespeare, he wrote many pieces inspired by his plays like Hamlet, The Tempest and Romeo & Juliet!

5. Whilst composing Eugene Onegin fangirl and student, Antonina Ivanovna Milioukova, wrote to him of her love for him. At first, he rejected her, but a month later they were married and another six weeks later they separated.

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