A great composer comes to life in this vivid, exciting story of Peter
Tchaikovsky, a young man driven by his genius through the early years
of his career and on to enviable success and world recognition.
Peter’s unhappy apprenticeship in law ended when he absentmindedly
nibbled on and ruined an important legal document. If his family
considered his failure a disgrace, to Peter it was an omen. Now he was
free to pursue and perhaps capture the music that sang in his head.
When he left St. Petersburg to teach in Moscow, he took the first
step on his colorful road to fame. Success did not come easily, and
Peter endured the hard pinch of poverty before the wealthy Madame von
Meck became his patroness, providing him with a generous income.
Always enchanted with the world of childhood and far more at ease
in it than in the more demanding world of adults, Peter began to write
ballets for his sister Alexandra’s children. The Sleeping Beauty was
followed by Swan Lake, and finally he created The Nutcracker Ballet,
which assured his place in the hearts of children and adults alike. (80
minutes in length)You can listen to the first chapter here.