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Tchaikovsky's Tomb

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(25th April 1840 - 25th October 1893)

Tchaikovsky's tomb has a bust of the great composer, flanked by two angels, one holding a large cross and the other reading something, which I choose to be a score. This is the composer of some of the world's most wonderful ballet music, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Onegin, and of course of the bombastic 1812 Overture.

His grave is in the Tikhvin Cemetery, which is the Artists Plot within the complex of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. He died of cholera only a few days after premièring his sixth symphony, but some historians suggest he drank contaminated water on purpose, thus committing suicide.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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