Born in Votkinsk, May 7, 1840;
died in St. Petersburg, November 6, 1893
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, often referred to as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer prolific during the Romantic period of music. Although he was not officially a member of the group of nationalistic Russian composers known as "The Five," his works emulate the unique Russian style marked by rich harmonies and emotive melodies. His works displayed much more western elements than other Russian composers, however, because of its international qualities and use of folk songs.