A Russian musical composer in the mid to late
1800's, during the Romantic era. His works
included well known ballet musics such as Swan
Lake, Sleeping beauty, and the Nutcracker.
He also wrote opera, songs, string quartet, piano
sonata, concerto, symphony, and symphonic poems.
He has also composed program music for
Shakespearean plays like Romeo and Juliet and
Hamlet. His artistic influence at that
time spread through Europe and America. The
talent he expressed was unparalleled by anyone
since his time. His popularity was immediate and
wide-ranged, but his life was a sad one.
As a homosexual, he was unhappily married. He was
extremely depressed and suicidal because of the
social pressure he faced. He once jumped off a
bridge into a river in the middle of a fierce
Russian winter. He was rescued, and ended up with
a chronic lung problem. He died at the age of 53
because of cholera.
Tchaikovsky should not be a strange name to any
of us, but many do not know that he was gay,
although well documented. He is part of our
legend, yet another brilliant, but sad hero.