Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840 - 1893, magnificent Russian composer and conductor of symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber and choral music, many being the most popular themes of all classical repertoires. His reputation quickly rose to international recognition, and he performed at the inaugural concert of Carnegie Hall in 1891. His works are powerful and impressive and include: Concerto #1 ("Tonight We Love"), The Nutcracker, The 1812 (William Tell) Overture, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and Serenade for Strings. Tchaikovsky composed Swan Lake in 1875-1876, fashioned as a Russian folk tale about a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. It is one of the most famous ballets in history. Here is a sheaf of paper with the opening musical notes to the beloved ballet, Swan Lake, hand written and signed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.