13. December 2011 · Comments Off on Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Quartet Scherzo · Categories: Nutcracker

Balalaika Prima
Domra Alto
Balalika Double Bass

Tamara Volskaya (domra) & Anatoliy Trofimov (bayan)

… but not for me!

Yep, that’s right folks — I’m not playing Nutcrackers this year. How ’bout that.

Still, I think it’s only right to feature various renditions of sections of the work. And I always want to do what is right! So here you go … rendition #1:

Nutcracker as Salsa

One of the friends I made on my travels asked me how “The Nutcracker” should end. It’s not just a good question, it’s actually one of the two most troubling questions that this ballet prompts. Does the heroine, Clara or Marie (she has other names too), return to her parents? Was the ballet just her dream? Or do she and the Nutcracker Prince set off for yet another world — for his own land, which we never see?

If you attend to Tchaikovsky, the score implies that this second act should close as it started: perhaps it’s journeying music, perhaps it’s a distant view of the Sweets landscape. The 1892 premiere ended, most ambiguously of all, with a view of a hive with eight dancing bees: since bees make honey, they are agents of Sweetness, and the hive — as hymned by Virgil — is an image of a perfect state. The Sugar Plum Fairy, deep inside the hive, was the queen bee.

Nobody onstage has connected bees to “The Nutcracker” in a century.

Yes, I should really just leave the Nut in peace, but I had never read this before, so there you go!


24. December 2010 · Comments Off on Nutcracker as You’ve Never Seen it Before · Categories: Nutcracker

… or at least I’m guessing that’s the case. I’ve not watched it all, so forgive me if there is anything offensive in this! It IS quite bizarre!

Me? I’m done with Nutcracker for the year. I won’t see the music again until 2011!

23. December 2010 · Comments Off on I Can’t Forget The Brass! · Categories: Nutcracker

More of Trepak (it appears that Sugar Plum and Trepak win for most popular. This is the Korean Brass Choir … and get a load of the choreography!

23. December 2010 · Comments Off on Clarinets Going For Trepak · Categories: Nutcracker

23. December 2010 · Comments Off on Nutrocker · Categories: Nutcracker

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

23. December 2010 · Comments Off on OBOES Go Nuts! · Categories: Nutcracker

Finally … found an oboe one!

23. December 2010 · Comments Off on Russian Cowboy · Categories: Nutcracker

The Russian Dance altered just a small bit. Yee haw!