Tchaikovsky's Magic  悲愴大師──柴可夫斯基

This Russian composer left a lasting mark on the world of classical music.

  On May 7, 1840, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in a small town in Russia. His family had no way of knowing that he was destined to become one of the greatest musicians of all time. However, he began to show his incredible talent when he was just a boy.
  When Tchaikovsky was five years old, he began taking piano lessons. Soon, he could play better than his instructor. However, Tchaikovsky's parents ignored his talent and sent him away to school to study for government service. Not long afterwards, Tchaikovsky's mother died and the boy was heartbroken. He turned back to music for comfort and began to write his own pieces.
  Over the following years, Tchaikovsky studied, graduated, and worked for the Russian government. Meanwhile, he continued writing music. Finally, a teacher he was studying with noticed his talent. In 1865, the teacher offered Tchaikovsky a job teaching and writing music. After just a couple of years, Tchaikovsky wrote his first big hit, Romeo and Juliet, based on the play by Shakespeare.
  Tchaikovsky's life was unsuccessful in some ways. For example, his marriage to Antonina Miliukova failed after just six weeks. However, his music was another story. Tchaikovsky's goal was to write music that had a traditional Russian feel, but that was good enough to be enjoyed all over Europe. He succeeded. By the time he died in 1893, Tchaikovsky was recognized as one of Europe's greatest composers.
  Tchaikovsky's reputation didn't end when his life did. His music is still enjoyed not only in Russia and Europe but all over the globe. Now, even more than when he was alive, Tchaikovsky is a musical legend.

1. musician n. 音樂家
2. incredible a. 驚人的;難以置信的
3. instructor n. 講師;指導員
4. afterwards adv. 之後(= afterward)
5. heartbroken a. 感到心碎的
heartbreaking a. 令人心碎的
6. piece n. 一支(樂曲),一篇(藝術作品)
7. traditional a. 傳統的
8. composer n. 作曲家