Day in History: The Nutcracker Ballet Premiere

December 18 The 1892 held the premiere of the ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

The works of the German romance Hoffmann were always full of magic, mysticism, mysterious and sometimes frightening images and can hardly be called fairy tales. Convinced idealist, he most of all sought to escape from the philistine cozy family life. Ironically, his fairy tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” has become a real fairy tale for the whole family and his most famous work, doomed to more and more new productions and screen versions in our days. As well as Tchaikovsky's music from the ballet based on The Nutcracker, was destined to become the most recognizable Russian melody in the whole world.

From Los Angeles to Prague, from Alaska to Warsaw, the whole Western world knows the tune “Dance Fairy Dragee”

At the time of the creation of the ballet Peter Ilyich was already known in Russia As Honored composer and author of the operas “The Queen of Spades”, “Eugene Onegin” and the ballet “Swan Lake”, he was a knight of the Order of St. Vladimir 4 degree, he was waited for by fame in Europe.

The famous Russian ballet master Lev Ivanov acted as the stage director. The first dancer of the Imperial Petersburg Ballet set the highest standard, thanks to which the Russian ballet is still considered the benchmark all over the world, and The Nutcracker is the most visited and sought-after ballet. Over the years, Marina Ulanova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev and Nikolai Tsiskaridze played roles in The Nutcracker. Today, this ballet is a real symbol of the New Year's miracle, you should definitely watch it on holidays.

The second world-famous Russian melody sounds every year in the United States on Independence Day, and this is also Tchaikovsky, his famous patriotic overture. And in it, as we can hear, the motive of the hymn “God Save the Tsar” beloved by all good Russian people, which was first introduced on December 18 of 1833 on 16, sounds. And this is the most beautiful and shortest anthem in Europe - just six lines from Vasily Zhukovsky and XNUMX bars of music written by Alexei Lvov.

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