Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s family original last name was Chaika (Seagull) and it was of a distinguished Ukrainian Cossack background

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PyoTchaikovsky wrote more than 30 compositions while in Ukraine, because – “I found a feeling of peace in my soul, which I couldn’t find in Moscow and St Petersburg.”

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The house in Cherkasy Oblast, where his sister Alexandra lived with her family and where Tchaikovsky loved so much to stay, had a lake with swans in it. It is believed that Tchaikovsky was inspired by that view to start composing The Swan Lake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyotr_Ilyich_Tchaikovsky
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