Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840. He composed vocal and instrumental works of many kinds — from large-scale works such as symphonies, concerti for piano and violin, operas, and ballets to string quartets, songs, and pieces for solo piano. He employed musical forms that had evolved in the West but imbued them with a distinctively Russian flavor, sometimes weaving traditional Russian folk melodies into his compositions.
In honor of his birthday, here is “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker, played on the glass harp:
And here is a jaw-dropping performance by the Chinese State Circus of two scenes from Swan Lake: