The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet by Deborah HautzigA total biased review based on my childhood love for this book:
In the little town I grew up in, every Christmas the second grade class got a special field trip to the Nutcracker ballet. It was something that, my second grade year, I looked forward to SO much! The day came and I remember my mom had bought me a beautiful black crushed velvet dress to wear. Suddenly, I was itching and covered in red dots; chicken pox! It was terrible and I was unbelievably sad to have missed out on that evening with my friends.
Now, here is where my memory fails me, but I think that our good family friend, known affectionally as KK, offered to take me when I got well. I think that the Sunday after I got well from the dreadful pox, I wore my fancy new dress to church and after the services, KK took me to Lubbock, TX, and we saw the Nutcracker. It was the perfect magical experience that I had so hoped for!
Keeping that special event in mind, this book was given to me by KK and I loved it! I recently found it in a stack of books my mom gave me and in reading it to my boys I had a very nice walk down memory lane. I love the story, the pictures and the music that I hear in my head while I read it.
Synopsis of Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Ballet
Hoffmann was set to music by Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. Since premiering in western countries in the s, this ballet has become perhaps the most popular to be performed around Christmas time. The suite became instantly popular; however the complete ballet did not achieve its great popularity as a Christmas performance event until almost years later. Performance History and the St. December 6] , at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St.
The libretto is adapted from E. Hoffmann 's story " The Nutcracker and the Mouse King ". Although the original production was not a success, the minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in North America. Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta , an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda.
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Silenced wins at New Renaissance Film Festival. The party comes to life with lots of dancing and as the excitement builds, Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives with a huge box from the Far East out of which come two sets of life-sized dancing dolls. - If you've never seen this ballet, or you need a refresher on the story, we've provided a synopsis for you below.
Drosselmeyer , who is very good at magic tricks and inventions, mends the doll. Later that night, Clara creeps downstairs to check on her beloved new toy. The clock strikes midnight and suddenly all the toys come to life! Clara finds herself in the middle of a battle between the toy soldiers and the greedy mice. She is surprised to see the Nutcracker doll leading the soldiers into battle and taking on the seven-headed Mouse King! Clara bravely helps the Nutcracker but the Mouse King has the advantage and looks like he is about to defeat the Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker is a classical ballet in two acts. It is based on E. Hoffmann 's fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It tells the story of a little girl who goes to the Land of Sweets on Christmas Eve. Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa adapted Hoffmann's story for the ballet. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the music. Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov designed the dances.
The last of his three ballets , it was first performed in December The story of The Nutcracker is loosely based on the E. Hoffmann fantasy story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King , about 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 February , continuing 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.