Ballet in 2 acts. The famous Christmas classic "NUTCRACKER" is drawn from the tale of Hoffman. This ballet revives the frenzy of the holiday time for young as well as old.
It was Christmas, Clara had received a Nutcracker from her uncle, and, in the evening, before going to bed, she arranged it in her cupboard. But, during the night, Clara night can not resist and goes to see the nutcracker. In the living room everything starts to grow. The toys start to move and the mice leave the floor. Clara launches her slipper at the malicious king of mice, whom the nutcracker is fighting. The king of mice dies and Clara faints. When Clara awakes, the nutcracker been transformed into a handsome prince. “Thank you for lifting the spell," he says. "What spell?" asks Clara. "Come, I’ll tell you everything on the way," replies the prince. And they fly away.
For this ballet in 2 acts and 3 paintings, Tchaïkovski is the first composer to insert the celesta into the orchestra. It is the primary instrument in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.
Piotr Tchaïkovski was born on May 7, 1840, in the Ural in Russia. His father was a mining engineer and director. His mother was a woman of a great beauty, but suffered from psychological instability. At the age of 5, he receives his first piano lessons. Impassioned by the music, he begins to study composition with Anton Rubinstein. He enrolls in the conservatory, and gives up a career in law. In June 1854, his mother dies of cholera. In 1865, the Conservatory of Moscow invites Tchaïkovski to teach harmony. It isn’t until 1869 that the career of Tchaïkovski really takes off. In 1876, he corresponds with the very rich Madam Von Meck. This correspondence will be transformed into epistolary love. Madam Von Meck supports Tchaïkovski until the discovery of his homosexuality. Starting in 1880, Tchaïkovski goes regularly to Italy and stays long periods in Florence at a property of Mrs. Von Meck. He there composes several works including the opera, The Queen of Spades. In 1885, he acquires a country house, realizing one of his most precious dreams. November 6 1893, like his mother, Tchaikovski dies of cholera.
He leaves us immortal works, including: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Eugene Onéguine, Mazeppa, and The Queen of Spades.