Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a Russian composer. He composed a wide range of musical works, though his most popular music is probably from his ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. The circumstances of his tragic death are not fully understood.
I can remember a conversation I had with my mother about Stravinsky's Firebird. I was amazed to learn that she had seen Stravinsky on a trip she took with my father. She had passed him in a hotel lobby and people were whispering, "That's Stravinsky." I remember feeling a bit awed that she had come so close to him....and tucked this away as another surprise about Mom.