John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Advent 2008: Waltz of the Flowers

On this date in 1892, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker premiered at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sort of. Back in 1892, Russia was still using the Julian calendar, what they called Decemebr 6 we call Decemebr 18. But I'm going to ignore that inconvenient truth, because there's a different song I want to feature on December 18.

So, The Nutcracker. What can I say about it that you don't already know? Well, two of my nieces danced in Loudoun Ballet producions of the ballet. And my sister played Clara in a stage adaptation of the story on which the ballet is based when she was in third grade. It featured music from the ballet, though I don't remember it featuring any dancing. What it did feature was a character called Johann, whose name was pronounced "Joe-han" throughout, which drove me absolutely nuts at the time since I knew it was supposed to be pronouced "Yo-hahn." I complained vociferously about this at the time, but my complaints went unheeded. I've pretty much gotten over by now, but to be honest it still kind of bugs me. Anyway, here's "Waltz of the Flowers."

Charles Gerhardt/London Symphony - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker (MP3, 7.2 MB)

Previous Advent posts:

2003: Christmas in the doghouse
2004: Madonna and Child II
2005: Merry Christmas and thanks for the hot rod race
2006: A Holiday Wish
2007: Madonna and Child
Tags: advent: 2008, music

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