The last of his three balletsit was first performed in December The story of The Nutcracker is loosely based on the E. Hoffmann fantasy story The Nutcracker and the Mouse Kingabout a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King. Tchaikovsky began work in Februarycontinuing his efforts while on an American tour later that year for the opening of Carnegie Hall.
Selections from The Nutcracker were first performed as an orchestral suite in March The ballet proper debuted in December of that year. It was presented at St. Petipa had fallen ill, and the choreography was instead devised by his less-inspired assistant.
Additionally, the scenery and costumes were panned as tasteless, and the performance of the ballerina who danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy was widely criticized.
The newspapers reviled Tchaikovsky, and he did not live to see the piece succeed. Despite the failure of its initial performance, The Nutcracker has become the most frequently performed of all ballets and has served as an introduction to classical music for many young people.
Because the first act is set at a Christmas party, the ballet is often presented at Christmastime. The Nutcracker. Additional Info.
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The staging of the ballet is initiated by local dance schools but reaches far beyond dancing and the Christmas celebration; work on the production begins in the late summer…. History at your fingertips.
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