To hear [Mozart’s] music is to feel one has accomplished some good deed. It is difficult to say precisely wherein this good influence lies, but undoubtedly it is beneficial; the longer I live and the better I know him, the more I love music. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Quoted in Music Lovers Quotations, edited by Helen Exley.
Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer to make a lasting impression internationally. He is famous for his ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Perhaps his most well-known work, The 1812 Overture, is widely quoted. His style is notable for its beautiful, soaring melodies, such as those found in his Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.