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 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.