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The Nutcracker

A look at The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

Anna Lu Carter

on 5 June 2013

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Transcript of The Nutcracker

Anna Lu Carter The Nutcracker Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky Background His Music The Nutcracker The Nutcracker (1892) The ballet is split into two acts Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Program Music
Romantic Orchestra
Tempo ranges from moderato to allegro
The mood is light, upbeat, springy
Simple Meter
In the ballet this piece accompanies the dance performance of the sugar plum fairy
The celesta is used to inspire a magical feeling Born into a middle class family and trained as a civil servant, he pursued his musical career against his family's wishes The most famous Russian Composer; works include symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets and chamber music In 1877 he married, apparently to conceal his homosexuality, then attempted suicide 2 weeks later and had a nervous collapse Best known for his ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker His music was much more western than his contemporaries His first great orchestral work was Romeo and Juliet He fused national and international elements to produce subjective an passionate music The original composition features an overture and 15 numbers The first performance was not a success, but over time this ballet has become one of Tchaikovsky's most famous compositions Celesta In 1877, he also gained a wealthy benefactress, Nadezhda von Meck Began studying music at a late age The professor of harmony at the new Moscow Conservatory
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