Daily Archives: 1 April 2010

Nutcracker:An Introduction

I would like to tell about the history of the great music which athletes often use in a figure skating. It’s important to know the music you want to perform on the ice. Well, the history of the Nutcracker,P.I.Tchaikovsky.


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Already the author of two of the greatest full-length ballet scores in the repertoire-Swan Lake and Slepping Beauty- Tchaikovsky, in 1890,was prompted to ponder a third dance work. The auspices were good:Sleeping Beauty had been a great success and the same team of legendary choreographer Petipa and the impresario Vsevolozhsky were now to produce another ballet based on a tale by the German Romantic fantasy writer E.T.Hoffman.

Yet if ever Tchaikovsky were to tackle an ill-starred work it would be Nutcracker partly because the scenario did not please him; the composer evinced it as trite, static and with little scope for narrative development. Indeed one might easily assert that the story does not lend itself to adaptation for ballet, and that the collaborators came to realise this only after they agreed to produce it.

 The Nutcracker ballet
Marius Petipa

Maybe one might add that Hoffman, the author of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,never intended the story for children in the first place, and what today appears as a fairy tale of a young girl’s magical dream began as a morbid parable with dark undertones.

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