The Nutcracker Tickets Out Of Six Television And Or Film Versions Of The Best

UnCategorized The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky’s adaptation of the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E. T. A. Hoffmann was .missioned by the director of the Imperial Theatres Ivan Vsevolozhsky in 1891. The original production was staged by Marius Petipa on 18 December 1892, premiering on a double-bill with a now semi-forgotten Tchaikovsky opera, Iolanta. The plot of Hoffmann’s original story is much more .plex than that of the ballet, in which events had to be considerably simplified; Hoffmann’s tale contains a long flashback story within its plot entitled The Tale of the Hard Nut, explaining how and why the Prince was turned into the Nutcracker. In Hoffmann’s original version, the heroine Marie’s adventures with the toys and with the Nutcracker are not a dream, and the Nutcracker does not turn into a Prince after his battle with the Mouse King, but at the end of the story after Marie tells the now inanimate Nutcracker that she would love him even if he remained ugly forever. A year and a day after she declares this, the Prince returns to Marie and asks her to marry him. She accepts, and goes back to reign with him in the Doll Kingdom. In Western countries, The Nutcracker has be.e perhaps the most popular of all ballets, performed primarily during the Christmas season. In the United States, especially since the 1960s, it has transcended its origins as a mere ballet or piece of classical music, a part of American tradition almost as much as the telecasts of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Countless cities across the U.S. now stage the ballet at Christmas time, and new telecasts, video versions and interpretations of the ballet now appear even more often than before. There are several versions of the ballet now on DVD that have never been telecast in the U.S.[1] Its music, especially the music of the suite derived from the ballet, has be.e familiar to millions all over the world. And because of the ballet’s fame, Hoffmann’s original story on which it is based has also be.e well known, and has been made into an animated feature film several times. Tchaikovsky made a selection of eight of the numbers from the ballet before the ballet’s December 1892 premiere, forming The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, intended for concert performance. The suite was first performed, under the .poser’s direction, on 19 March 1892 at an assembly of the St. Petersburg branch of the Musical Society. The suite became instantly popular (according to Men of Music "every number had to be repeated"), but the .plete ballet did not begin to achieve its great popularity until after the George Balanchine staging became a hit in New York City. Among other things, the score of The Nutcracker is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the .poser had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda (premiered 1891). Although well-known in The Nutcracker as the featured solo instrument in the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from Act II, it is employed elsewhere in the same act. In 2008, Ovation TV held their annual "Battle of the Nutcrackers" viewing contest, giving their audience a choice of which Nutcracker to choose as the best. Out of six television and/or film versions of the ballet, The Hard Nut was chosen as the favorite for the second year in a row, with the Macaulay Culkin – George Balanchine 1993 film voted on as one of the least liked. The Pacific Northwest Ballet version, designed by Maurice Sendak was second choice, with the openly sexual and dysfunctional Maurice Bejart version of 2000 .ing in third. (Strangely enough, the Baryshnikov version was not among the candidates, though as of 2008, it remains a huge bestseller on DVD.) In Ovation’s 2009 Battle of the Nutcrackers, "The Hard Nut" was chosen the viewer’s favorite for the 3rd year. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: