The Life and Music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

by Steve Moretti & Paul van Geldrop

His life was a study in the art of contradiction.


Pyotr Tchaikovsky was deeply affected by the women in his life – those he loved, those he despised, and those who’s affection he longed so badly to hold. Yet his truest love was reserved only for men.

Pyotr had an intense patriotism for his homeland. But only by leaving Russia was a deep relationship with the country of his birth finally realized.

He wrote some of the most delicate, sensual and romantic music ever composed, and yet his 1812 overture is among the loudest pieces of classical music ever performed. And perhaps the only one that includes a cannon as a percussion instrument.

In this new work on the renowned composer, we trace his life and early self-awareness of both his musical demons and the forces that shaped the man. His musical genius is examined and explained in both technical and non-technical terms.

Original Artwork by Mishel Bardi




Read Chapters  1 & 2 of Pyotr




Lesen Sie Kapitel 1 von Pjotr

Übersetzung aus dem Englischen: Catherine Collier

Comments from Advance Readers

“So, the first three chapters are quite a tease!  You forewarned that you dramatized it, but I think you made it enticing, personally. I feel a huge respect for Pyotr, he follows his dreams, he puts things first that he needs to... he works very hard for his teachers, and they see and feel his inner music within his soul, that just bursts out! I am looking forward to the rest of this book.  You have your way of making things your own, while entwining reality and truths.” - Tina Lincoln

“I just finished the sample of the book on Pyotr Tchaikovsky and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I am looking forward to the release of the entire book.” - Pat Stewart

“You are really bringing to life the story of this intriguing musical genius. I am dying to read the next part.” - Nevine Ramirez

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first 3 chapters of this book.  It has caught my attention and interest.  I am impatient to read the rest when it is out.” - Mary Peterson

“I was hoping for the same gentle, insightful prose as Song for a Lost Kingdom, and I wasn't disappointed. I felt the descriptive content was just right, giving a clear sense of the rather grim place that 19th century Russia was. I also liked the attention to clothes, weather, etc - things that IMO are essential to good storytelling but which other male writers often leave out! Above all you've set the scene for Tchaikovsky's tormented life to come.” - Marise Morland-Chapman

“I appreciated the intimate focus on Pyotr the most.” - Linda Frankel 

“The words jump off the page to draw the reader in to the story, so you cry out in anguish and despair as your mother and sisters disappear in to the distance, leaving you all alone in a strange place, at such a tender young age; or wince in pain with lashings from the tutor. Intermittently, as a musician myself (albeit amateur), nodding in understanding as Pyotr describes how the music of Mozart moves him to tears, while the notes appear as pictures in his mind. More please!” - Gail Hart