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Daemon
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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, a celebrated ballet by Tchaikovsky, tells the story of a young girl whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker turns into a prince and leads her to a magical land. In 1954, George Balanchine choreographed and premiered his New York City Ballet version, which was later made into a feature film. Mikhail Baryshnikov choreographed another enormously popular version for the American Ballet Theatre. What novel instrument did Tchaikovsky use in the Nutcracker score? More...
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Celesta, a struck idiophone was used.
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I may be in the minority, but I just don't care much for this particular piece of music, smuh.
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great for the holidays
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The celesta was invented in 1886 by Parisian harmonium builder Auguste Mustel. His father, Victor Mustel, had developed the forerunner of the celesta, the typophone or the dulcitone, in 1860. This consisted of struck tuning forks instead of metal plates, but it wasn't loud enough to use in an orchestra.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky is usually cited as the first major composer to use this instrument in a work for full symphony orchestra. He first used it in his symphonic poem The Voyevoda, Op. posth. 78, premiered in November 1891.[1] The following year, he used the celesta in passages in his ballet The Nutcracker (Op. 71, 1892), most notably in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, which also appears in the derived Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a. However, Ernest Chausson preceded Tchaikovsky by employing the celesta in December 1888 in his incidental music, written for a small orchestra, for La tempête (a French translation by Maurice Bouchor of Shakespeare's The Tempest).[2


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Milica Boghunovich
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Daemon wrote:
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, a celebrated ballet by Tchaikovsky, tells the story of a young girl whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker turns into a prince and leads her to a magical land. In 1954, George Balanchine choreographed and premiered his New York City Ballet version, which was later made into a feature film. Mikhail Baryshnikov choreographed another enormously popular version for the American Ballet Theatre. What novel instrument did Tchaikovsky use in the Nutcracker score? More...


... incongruous soldier idea infiltrated into the fine art of ballet... otherwise great piece...
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I like the ballet. Seen it a few times.
Gary98
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azbnb wrote:
I may be in the minority, but I just don't care much for this particular piece of music, smuh.


You definitely are.
azbnb
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Gary98 wrote:
azbnb wrote:
I may be in the minority, but I just don't care much for this particular piece of music, smuh.


You definitely are.


Not fond of the ballet, either. We were given tickets to a performance many years ago, we left early because it was so b l a h.. Sugar plum fairies, who cares?
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I have seen many performance's and all were well worth the time spent.
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