Friday, December 5, 2008

The Nutcracker



In the hundred years or so since its debut, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker has become a delightful aspect of modern Christmas celebrations. Composed during the "Silver Age" of Russian ballet, The Nutcracker is based upon a fairy tale by the German romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffman, whose stories also inspired Delibes' Coppelia and Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman. It is one of the few ballets that is not a love story, although later stagings have tried to make it into one.

The music, however, is powerful enough for any story of a great romance. In college, I helped my sister Andrea, who was still in high school, with a project; we were listening to the "Pas de Deux" of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. Andrea said, "That must be from a really great love story."

"No, it's just from The Nutcracker," I replied.

It is a simple story, full of childhood's innocent, but very real, hopes and fears. To watch or listen to The Nutcracker is to enter into a dream, a dream which comes to life even after so many years, and all wars and revolutions which have tormented the world. Share

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The music from The Nutcracker is enchanting. Since I was small, it has never failed to transport my imagination in the most captivating way.

victoria thorne said...

You always have the most wonderful photographs and art! Love this.

elena maria vidal said...

Me, too, Margaret!


Thank you, Victoria!

Ms. Lucy said...

What a wonderful picture and interesting post. Thank you for this.
Lucy