December 18: A Suite For The Seasons

December 18: A Suite For The Seasons

Written by Matthew Mendez, Journalist

December 18, 1892 CE. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker Suite” premieres at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. A Russian composer of the Romantic Period in Europe. Tchaikovsky drew much influence from traditional Russian dances known as the Trepak and the Rococo movement of the Baroque period. For his composition, Tchaikovsky utilized various newly invented instruments, such as the celesta, which was meant to represent the character of the Plum Fairy. Unlike his other compositions such as “Swan Lake” and “The Sleeping Beauty”, Tchaikovsky viewed his Nutcracker Suite as unfulfilling, most likely due to his reluctance to take on the role of composing the suite in the first place. The choreography which accompanied the musical suite drew much criticism as well, being deemed confusing and disorderly. Despite the first ballet’s failure, “The Nutcracker Suite” would later become a staple of the holidays and of classical repertoire in general.