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The Nutcracker is an 1892 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".
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. The ballet's score has been used in several film adaptations of Hoffmann's story.
Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions. 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.
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|30550 Easter Bunny | 40355 Year of the Rat | 40371 Easter Egg | 40382 Birthday Set | 40410 Charles Dickens Tribute | 40416 Ice Skating Rink | 40423 Halloween Hayride | 40424 Winter Snowball Fight | 40425 Nutcracker | 40426 Wreath | 80104 Lion Dance | 80105 Temple Fair | 853990 Easter Bunny | 854037 Christmas Ornament Santa | 854038 Christmas Reindeer Ornament | 854049 Pumpkin & Bat Duo | 854050 Snowman & Reindeer Duo|
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