-more "universal" and less nationalistic
-still used folk songs in some of works
-NOT one of the Russian 5, shunned by them
-considered the finest of all Russian Composers
-known as "the Russian Romantic"
-studied law and worked as a law clerk prior to his music career
-wrote in all forms: symphonies, operas, concertos, overtures, symphonic poems, ect.
-visited US and opened Carnegie Hall
-worked for a very wealthy widow, Nadezhda vonMeck, they never met
-best remembered for his ballet music
-Nutcracker (Ballet), Sleeping Beauty (Ballet, Disney), Swan Lake (Ballet), Romeo and Juliette (tone poem), 1812 Overture (concert overture using real cannons)