Tchaikovsky's music has been denounced by Western intellectuals and subjected to countless adulterations by hack arrangers, but it continues to speak to millions with an unmatched emotional power. Tchaikovsky's symphonies, concerti, and ballet scores represent the highpoint of Romantic expression in music, but their creation often reflects a complex synthesis of artistic and personal factors. Through an analysis of carefully selected musical examples, Dr. Siek examines the blending of technical and personal elements which gives Tchaikovsky's music its distinctive style. The course includes live demonstrations at the piano and taped musical selections. Presuming no musical background, this course is designed to be accessible to a general audience.