German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright (b. 10 November 1759 at Marbach am Neckar; d. 9 May 1805 in eimar), born Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller.
Tchaikovsky's Settings of Works by Schiller
Tchaikovsky's student cantata Ode to Joy (К радости) is a setting of a Russian translation of Schiller's poem An die Freude (1785).
The libretto for Tchaikovsky's opera The Maid of Orleans (1878-79) is largely based on Schiller's tragedy Die Jungfrau von Orleans (1801), in a Russian translation by Vasily Zhukovsky (1783–1852). The composer also consulted other sources, however, as he wrote that: "There's much that pleases me in Schiller, but I must admit I'm disturbed by his disdain for historical accuracy" .