Aleksandra Tchaikovskaya

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For Tchaikovsky's sister Aleksandra, see Aleksandra Davydova.
Aleksandra Tchaikovskaya (1812–1854)
From an original portrait. Klin House-Museum

Mother of the composer (b. 30 July/11 August 1812 in Saint Petersburg; d. 13/25 June 1854 in Saint Petersburg), born Aleksandra Andreyevna Assier (Александра Андреевна Ассиер); known after her marriage as Aleksandra Andreyevna Chaykovskaya (Александра Андреевна Чайковская).

Alexandra was the fifth child of Andrey Assier and his wife Yekaterina, and she was educated at the Patriotic Institute in Moscow from the age of four. On 1/13 October 1833 she married Ilya Tchaikovsky (1795–1880), and the couple had seven children:

Aleksandra Tchaikovskaya died of cholera on 13/25 June 1854, and was buried at Smolenskoye Cemetery in Saint Petersburg.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

39 letters from Tchaikovsky to his mother Aleksandra have survived, dating from 1850 to 1852, all of which are available in English translations on this site:

33 letters written to Tchaikovsky by Aleksandra with her husband Ilya Tchaikovsky, dating from 1850 to 1852, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.