Today In History: Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker Suite’

Today In History: Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker Suite’

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On December 18, 1892, the unofficial soundtrack of Christmas premiered in St. Petersberg.

I attended Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite every December when I was in elementary school, like many other Americans.

According to, about forty percent of major US ballet companies’s annual ticket revenues come from The Nutcracker.

In honor of today’s 123rd anniversary, I searched for a quote from the great composer and found one on

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” —Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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This quote should help you stay hungry and inspired this holiday season!

If you are a big Nutcracker fan, check out this  article from the Huffington Post, This Is The Only Version Of ‘The Nutcracker’ You Need This Season.

It features a modern take on Tchaikovsky’s classic featuring dancers from So You Think You Can Dance.

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2 Responses

  1. Ed Hoornaert

    As a classical musician, I know The Nutcracker well. The oboe part (that’s the instrument I play) isn’t particularly demanding except at the end. The last couple of movements have lots of high, loud playing that wear down the lips after a two-hour performance — and then, at the very end, Tchaikovsky wrote a wind chorale, very exposed, very high, and hard to play in tune. If it came in the beginning or middle, no problem. But at the very end — yikes!

    • z.y. doyle

      Ed, thank you for your comment! The oboe is a very cool instrument. I played percussion in middle and high school, but we never played The Nutcracker Suite. We did play Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, an excellent piece.

      Also, I attended your session about The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing at the TFOB this Saturday. Your insights were enlightening and your handout was also very useful. Thank you for taking the time to speak at the festival and share your knowledge!

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