Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker celebrates 125 years
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
The Nutcracker – Ballet
Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker was performed for the first time 125 years ago, on 18 December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia.
It was not well received. The choreography was dismissed as ‘confusing’ in some scenes, and the libretto was described as ‘lopsided’. But today it is extraordinarily popular – perhaps partly because Walt Disney used Tchaikovsky’s entire score in Fantasia in 1940, making the music instantly recognisable.
But it is also popular as a ballet because it portrays children, is for children and makes use of children, providing the ideal showcase for ballet schools.
Today more people have seen it, and more companies have performed it, than any other ballet. It has the unusual distinction of being classical Christmas music that has nothing to do with Christianity.
The ballet is based on The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, written by E T A Hoffman and revised by Alexander Dumas. The story is of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.
The first complete performance outside Russia took place in London on 30th January 1934, at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder. – Henry David Thoreau
Happiness is…going to the theatre and experiencing the beauty of The Nutcracker Ballet
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER IT’S A CRACKER JOKE OF THE DAY
I wrote a song about a tortilla. Well actually, it’s more of a wrap.
Love is…when you let him/her have the TV remote control
TRACK OF THE DAY
Highest Chart Position No.1 8th October 1964 for 2 Weeks