Members Area
Countdown to Christmas --
Visit My Merry Christmas on Facebook!   Visit My Merry Christmas on Twitter!   Get My Merry Christmas on RSS

My Merry Christmas Announcement

Home Submit Article New in the Library What's Popular Search

» What's New
santahat Remember when Black...
by MMC Editor
11-12-2013 12:55 AM
Last post by holidaycraze12
05-24-2014 11:22 PM
26,640 Views  5 Posts
santahat The Real History of the...
by MMC Editor
10-24-2013 12:44 PM
23,460 Views  0 Posts
santahat The Mistletoe Bough...
by MMC Editor
10-17-2013 06:19 AM
Last post by Virginia
10-30-2013 03:04 AM
2 Posts
Christmas Tree A Christmas Tree for Cats
by MMC Editor
10-11-2013 08:21 AM
40,019 Views  0 Posts
Christmas Tree The Birds' Christmas...
by MMC Editor
10-11-2013 06:59 AM
Last post by Virginia
10-30-2013 03:12 AM
40,152 Views  1 Posts
» Random Entries
The Santa Clause (Movie...
by MMC Editor
06-09-2011 09:06 PM
Last post by Joyfully yours
11-02-2013 05:16 AM
51,548 Views  4 Posts
Christmas in Europe
by MMC Editor
06-02-2002 09:21 PM
0 Posts
"Little Merry Christmas"......
by MerryCarey
05-24-2012 01:16 PM
53,850 Views  0 Posts
santahat The Real History of the...
by MMC Editor
10-24-2013 12:44 PM
23,460 Views  0 Posts
Ryan's Prayer
by MMC Editor
05-30-2002 03:44 PM
55,059 Views  0 Posts
The Nutcracker
Report to Moderator Old 06-08-2002 09:34 PM
MMC Editor
Views: 50,584
Replies: 0
By Brenna Hall

First performed in 1892, the Nutcracker began as a story that was written by a man named E.T.A Hoffman. But his story was never meant for kids. It was a very morbid story. Hoffman meant to show the degenerate and desperate side of mankind.

Another man named Alexander Dumas Pere rewrote the story into one that was a little more optimistic and it is from this version that the Nutcracker ballet evolved. Here is the story of the Nutcracker, in a nutshell:

Clara, a young girl receives a nutcracker from her magical and mysterious uncle named Drosselmeyer. When she falls asleep, she is suddenly awakened by a mouse king. Her nutcracker prince comes to life and has to fight the mouse king and rescue her. After a long and tiresome battle, the mouse king is defeated and the nutcracker prince takes Clara to the magical land of the dolls. Their journey takes them through the land of the Snow Queen, snowflakes and candyland. In candyland they meet sweets from around the world. They are met by the sugar plum fairy and the beautiful waltzing flowers. Clara doesn't want to go home, but on Christmas day, she wakes up, surrounded by her family.

Piotr Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the ballet because he was asked by Marius Petipa, the first ballet master to the Tsar of Russia. Piotr used many different and unusual instruments in the ballet including a celesta. He was very secretive when he had the celesta shipped in because he didn't want anybody to steal his idea before he could use it. The celesta has a bell-like sound and you can hear it in the dance of the sugar plum fairy.

It is interesting to note that the Nutcracker ballet, one of the most successful and well-known ballets of our time, received a terribly bad review when it was first performed. One of the reviews of the premier said, "For dancers there is rather little in it, for art absolutely nothing, and for the artistic fate of our ballet, one more step downward".

Although the Nutcracker is altered a little everywhere it is performed, it is still the same story and is still performed all over the world at Christmas time.
This article is copyrighted. Use of this article in part or whole is strictly prohibited. For reprint, quotation, or excerpt use please contact Merry Network LLC.

Tags: None
Send to Friend

Rate Article:

Category Jump
» Featured
Top Ten Christmas Videos...
by Jeff Westover
12-16-2013 08:10 AM
15,083 Views  0 Posts
santahat Remember when Black...
by MMC Editor
11-12-2013 12:55 AM
Last post by holidaycraze12
05-24-2014 11:22 PM
26,640 Views  5 Posts
Annual Survey of...
by MMC Editor
09-16-2013 08:19 AM
Last post by icetene33
10-21-2013 04:04 PM
20,391 Views  2 Posts
Snowman2 Top Five Christmas Hoaxes
by MMC Editor
09-09-2013 02:14 PM
25,983 Views  0 Posts
stocking Santa Smoking: Why is...
by Jeff Westover
10-11-2012 08:10 AM
Last post by HollyJolly
09-02-2013 08:30 AM
44,098 Views  6 Posts
» Recent Comments
How does Santa get down the chminey?
How will he enter the house if someone don't have chimney or fireplace??
by RDxmas on 07-07-2014 09:56 AM
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
I get annoyed when sales for black Friday start on thanksgiving. It's called black Friday not black Thursday.
by holidaycraze12 on 05-24-2014 11:22 PM
Why There Really Is a Santa Claus
well stated !
by Christmasstar on 05-06-2014 06:19 AM
Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate: A Matter of Taste
It's hard to find good writing now a days. But you have done a great job with all these sharing hot Cocoa and hot Chocolate. That's interesting. Thanks for sharing.
by Riccardo Vasquez on 04-04-2014 01:38 AM
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My top favorite Christmas Sitcoms: All from M*A*S*H , Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley. Step By Step - I'll Be Home For Christmas
by Minta on 04-01-2014 10:33 AM
» Christmas Library Stats
Christmas Library Statistics Categories: 31, Articles: 352, Posts: 137, Total Views 18,977,976