Nutcracker CW key

by OH6DC

The Nutcracker is one of the most famous ballets in the world and one of Tchaikovsky's most enchanting works.

The two-act ballet is based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E.T.A. Hoffman, a famous writer and music critic. A choreographer named Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write a ballet score for the plot in 1891.

The Nutcracker demonstrates that Tchaikovsky was one of the greatest masters of orchestration. The music is very light and sweet. It uses the high parts of the orchestra and clever combinations of woodwind instruments to create a doll-like fantasy sound-world.