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Tchaikovsky: Compositions, ballets, biography and more facts
Composed to commemorate the Battle of Borodino, fought in September 1812, Tchaikovsky called his own work “very loud and noisy and completely without artistic merit, obviously written without warmth or love”. However, the overture won him fans the world over and made him a household name. It even took the top spot in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2018.