Vladimir Davydov (December 14, 1871 – December 27, 1906)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy. Tchaikovsky had four brothers (Nikolai, Ippolit, and twins Anatoly and Modest), a sister, Alexandra and a half-sister Zinaida from his father's first marriage. He was particularly close to Alexandra and the twins. Alexandra married Lev Davydov and had seven children, one of whom, Vladimir Davydov, became very close to the composer, who nicknamed him 'Bob'. After Tchaikovsky lost the support of Nadezhda von Meck in 1890, he made Davydov his confidant. Tchaikovsky considered relocating from Klin to Saint Petersburg in the last couple of years of his life so as to live closer to Davydov. He wrote to his brother Modest, "…seeing the importance of Bob in my life is increasing all the time." The Davydovs provided the only real family life Tchaikovsky knew as an adult, and their estate in Kamenka (now Kamianka, Cherkasy Oblast, part of Ukraine) became a welcome refuge for him during his years of wandering.
Timeline & Places:
• December 14, 1871: born.
• 1897 to 1906: lived at Tchaikovsky House-Museum in Klin, Ulitsa Chaykovskogo, 48, Klin, Moskovskaya oblast', Russia, 141600
• December 27 [O.S. December 14] 1906: died. Buried at Demyanovo Cemetery, Klin, Oblast' di Mosca, Russia