- Magnum Opus Dissonance:
"I gave them a masterpiece in Swan Lake, but all they want from me is fluff."
- While The Nutcracker became his most popular work, he wasn't generally pleased with the score, and was disappointed that his other compositions didn't fare as well with the public. Nowadays, however, Swan Lake is generally better known than The Nutcracker.
- He also didn't much care for his 1812 Overture, calling it "very loud and noisy, but without any actual art in it", yet it is perhaps the most well-known of his compositions.
Trivia / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky