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During his education at the School of Jurisprudence, he was infatuated with a soprano, but she married another man. One of his conservatory students, [[Antonina Milyukova]], began writing him passionate letters around the time that he had made up his mind to "marry whoever will have me." He did not even remember her from his classes, but her letters were very persistent, and he hastily married her on [[July 18]], []. Within days, while still on their honeymoon, he deeply regretted his decision. Two weeks after the wedding the composer attempted suicide by wading in a cold river. He later fled to [[Saint Petersburg|St Petersburg]] a nervous wreck, and was separated from his wife after only six weeks. The couple never saw each other again. Antonina Milyukova died in a mental institution in 1917. They remained legally married until his death.
The composer's [[homosexuality]], as well as its importance to his life and music, has long been recognized, though knowledge about it was especially suppressed during the Soviet era.<ref>http://www.glbtq.com/arts/tchaikovsky_pi.html</ref> Although some historians continue to view him as heterosexual, many others - such as [[Rictor Norton]] and Alexander Poznansky - accept that some of Tchaikovsky's relationships were homosexual, such as the ones with his servant Alyosha and his nephew, Vladimir Davidov. Evidence that Tchaikovsky was homosexual is drawn from his letters and diaries, as well as the letters of his brother, Modest, who was also homosexual.
A far more influential woman in Tchaikovsky's life was a wealthy widow, [[Nadezhda von Meck]], with whom he exchanged 1,200 letters between [] and []. At her insistence they never met; they did encounter each other on two occasions, purely by chance, but did not converse. As well as financial support in the amount of 6,000 [[Russian ruble|ruble]]s a year, she expressed interest in his musical career and admiration for his music. However, after 14 years she ended the relationship unexpectedly, claiming bankruptcy. It was during this period that Tchaikovsky achieved success throughout Europe and (by his own account), in [], even greater accolades in the [[United States]]. In fact, he was the [[Conducting|conductor]], on [[May 5]]th, [], at the official opening night of [[Carnegie Hall]].
Meck's claim of financial ruin is disregarded by some who believe that she ended her patronage of Tchaikovsky because she supposedly discovered the composer's homosexuality. It is possible she was planning to marry off one of her daughters to Tchaikovsky, as she also supposedly tried to marry one of them to [[Claude Debussy]], who had lived in Russia for a time as music teacher to her family. Also, one of her sons, Nikolay, was married to Tchaikovsky's niece Anna Davydova.
Tchaikovsky's life is the subject of [[Ken Russell]]'s
motion picture ''[[The Music Lovers]]''. Two other motion pictures were based on his life - the low-budgeted, sanitized and highly fictionalized [[Song of My Heart]], released in 1948, and the 1969 Russian-language "Tchaikovsky" , which was nominated for an [[Academy Award]] for [[Best Foreign Language Film]]. His last name derives from the word ''chaika'' (чайка), meaning [[seagull]] in a number of Slavic languages. His family origins may not have been entirely Russian. In an early letter to [[Nadezhda von Meck]], Tchaikovsky wrote that his name was [[Poland|Polish]] and his ancestors were "probably [[Poland|Polish]]."
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