Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

December 18th, 1892: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker” premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia, now the world’s most performed ballet.

The first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, which he bolstered with appearances as a guest conductor later in his career in Europe and the United States. One of these appearances was at the inaugural concert of Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1891.

Despite his many popular successes, his life was punctuated by personal crises and depression.

Born: May 7, 1840
Birthplace: Votkinsk, Russia

Died: November 6, 1893 (aged 53)
Cause of Death: Cholera (although suicide has been suggested)

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