Google Doodle Tributes Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and SF Ballet

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Google Doodle this today pays tribute to one of the greatest composers of all times Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the San Francisco Ballet. Tchaikovsky is the author of the Nutcracker and lived in Russia in the 19th century. Today is his 170th birthday.

Google Doodle pictures a ballet performance scene from what appears Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. It is assumed that San Francisco Ballet performs it in the Doodle image, since it pays tribute to San Francisco Ballet as well.

As the classic music is ceasing its position and audience to more popular music, this move by Google Doodle is much appreciate. It raises not only awareness to classic music, but also to one of the greatest Russian composers of all times Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky lived in the 19th century Russia. He chose a musical career against the wishes of his family. This man went through periods of depression and private turmoil in his personal life. However, despite this turmoil his public reputation grew because of his beautiful music. He was awarded a life time pension by the Russian Tsar and his music was being played in many concert halls throughout the Europe and later in the United States.

The U.S. public is more familiar with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet, which is traditionally played around Christmas. His other landmark works include the 1st Piano Concerto, opera Eugene Onegin and six symphonies that he left among hundreds of other great works.

International Tchaikovsky Competition is held is Moscow once in every four years. It is one of the most prestigious competitions of classical music in the world.

Currently the San Francisco Ballet is playing another piece by another famous Russian composer Prokofiev. Romeo and Juliet, as one of the best ballet pieces ever written, is being performed by San Francisco Ballet.

Bravo to Google Doodle for promoting Classical Music awareness. Happy 170th birthday to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Written by Armen Hareyan

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