Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. His works are among the most commonly performed classical works today. Some of his most popular works are The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Symphony 5, Serenade for Strings, Rococo Variations, his violin concerto and first piano concerto. His symphony 6 named Patatique, is one of the greatest symphonic works ever writte. Tchaikovsky died 6 days after it's premier performance.