''Although Chopin hated the Russians, this did not prevent his music from becoming very popular in Russia from the 1830s onwards. Tchaikovsky, too, as a boy may well have heard his mother play some pieces by Chopin, even though, according to family reminiscences collected by Modest Tchaikovsky after the composer's death, Aleksandra Andreyevna would usually just play children's dances on the family piano. Little Pyotr's fascination with this instrument was very strong, and his governess Fanny Dürbach would later recount an incident which took place between 1844 and 1848 when the Tchaikovsky family was still living in Votkinsk, and which shows that as a boy Tchaikovsky was certainly familiar with some of Chopin's music: 'A Polish officer called Maszewski would now and then visit the family at Votkinsk. He was a splendid amateur pianist and distinguished himself by his skill in playing Chopin's mazurkas. For our little musician these visits were a real feast-day. In anticipation of one of these visits, Petia prepared two mazurkas all by himself and played them so well afterwards that Maszewski showered him with kisses. I never saw Pierre as happy and proud as on that day,' said Fanny.''
— ''Tchaikovsky Research:Tchaikovsky and Chopin''
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les amis and their instruments
bc musician!amis is something that can be so personal
enjolras: violin. and other string instruments, but he prefers the violin. their nails are always clipped really really short.
combeferre: any brass instrument, but heavily prefers the french horn. it calms him down. he hates it when courf makes inappropriate jokes abt playing it.
courfeyrac: the saxophone. tbh he could technically play any saxophone but he plays alto sax. they know many songs. probably dozens! but all they play is careless whispers. he's memorized it. everyone sends him sheet music for other songs and pieces. he will not play anything else. help.
feuilly: clarinet. the man can also improvise like nobody's business.
grantaire: guitar, all kinds. no this isn't inspired by george blagden what are you talking about? he's got both short and long nails and it drives everyone crazy. he can also play piano (and drive marius mad with the click of his nails on the keys)
joly: he can't play anything but they can dance. they're a very skilled dancer. but no instruments.
bossuet: used to play tuba before that proved to be a dangerous decision. now plays percussion which is safer. favorite instruments are the tubular bells.
musichetta: any string instrument but has a soft spot for the viola. she's fucking amazing at it. she was made for the spotlight dammit.
jehan: flute. i mean, it's canon. also they've tried to compose things but they got distracted. alas! if you open a certain door you will be flooded with thousands of wips.
bahorel: drums. drums drums drums. the master of drum rolls and fills. he can also play the trumpet but like, badly.
marius: used to play piano, now plays cello. he was forced to play piano and only plays it if he wants to. he duets with enj, r, or chetta sometimes. like enjolras their nails are clipped short (but not as short as enj's)
cosette: she sings and plays the harp. her voice is angelic and lovely and basically what im saying is i love her. also saying this rn my voice hc for her is 1980s concept album cosette.
eponine: plays some guitar with the help of grantaire. they duet sometimes.
gavroche: one (1) very loud kazoo.
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