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Sun Dec 17, 2017, 11:23 AM

FSogol's Advent Calendar Day 17: The Nutcracker

Last edited Sun Dec 17, 2017, 05:08 PM - Edit history (1)

The Nutcracker is a holiday favorite and the most popular ballet. (Mrs FSogol and her Aunt are going to see Regal Cinemas' performance of the Bolshoi Ballet's Nutcracker this afternoon.)

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", by way of Alexandre Dumas' adapted story "The Nutcracker". It was given its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta.

Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in North America. Major American ballet companies generate around 40% of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nutcracker

Picture of the 1st performance:


Original costume design


Olga Preobrajenska as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nikolai Legat as Prince Coqueluche in the Grand pas de deux in the original production of The Nutcracker

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 11:33 AM

1. The Nutcracker is a holiday favorite and the most popular opera.


Just got done playing a bunch of NUTS-- last week...
After all these years playing it um-teen times, I never heard them singing..

hummmm... what HAVE I been missing... ??

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Response to pangaia (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 01:10 PM

3. Some singing :) Thought 'opera' also meant 'work'

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Response to Donkees (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 01:40 PM

4. OPERA is the plural of OPUS.

So the sentence is botched either way. LOL..

Poor choristers have to hang for 2 minutes of singing.. :>)

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Response to pangaia (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 01:49 PM

5. '' ... related to the Latin words opera (singular) and operae (plural) ... ''

... related to the Latin words opera (singular) and operae (plural), the ancestor of the Italian words opera (singular) and opere (plural). In English usage, besides the word opus, the word opera occasionally was used to identify a musical work.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opus_number

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Response to Donkees (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 01:54 PM

6. Look, it's not an opera.. I know an opera when I hear it.

I've played and conducted operas and I know damn well the NutBuster ain't no fucking opera.






THIS is opera!



Now I'm off to play yet one more orchestra xmas concert... red tie, funny hat ..
The old folks love it...


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Response to pangaia (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 02:03 PM

7. 'In contemporary usage ... denotes the dramatic musical genre of opera or ballet'

'In contemporary usage, however, the word opera specifically denotes the dramatic musical genre of opera or ballet, which were developed in Italy.'[3]

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Response to Donkees (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 05:34 PM

10. I have never, ever heard the word used that way..


Of course I'm just a lowly musician. What could I possible know?






"Nevah?"
"No, not evah."

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Response to pangaia (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 07:41 PM

14. Just as in 'opera d'arte' (work of art)

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Response to pangaia (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 05:09 PM

8. Whoops, meant ballet.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 05:36 PM

11. LOL...

Better tell Donkees.


Anyway, I'm just a pompous know-it-all, don't worry.




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Response to pangaia (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 05:37 PM

12. Yeah, didn't mean to cause any fights.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 05:47 PM

13. Oh don;t worry, Donkees and I are not fighting

At least........ I'm not.. just having fun...


And BTW thank you for posting the pics and a bit of histgory.
I have p;layed the Ball Buster- tooo many times.... and never knew any of the history.

I just sit there in the pit, counting bars rest, watch for cues, check my cell, once in a while look up at the conductor.. to see if he/she is still flapping his/her arms...

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 12:25 PM

2. Happy to see you and yours enjoy it.

I 'grew up' seeing it by the New York City Ballet (only in 'recent' years at Lincoln Center!)

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 05:16 PM

9. Hi Ellen. Happy Holidays.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 07:44 PM

15. Same here, at Lincoln Center :)

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