Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky by Nikolay Kuznetsov, 1893

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893)

“Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music.”




Tchaikovsky in his teens

I played over the music of that scoundrel Brahms. What a giftless bastard! It annoys me that this self-inflated mediocrity is hailed as a genius.

Tchaikovsky, in his diary, October 9, 1886