Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The seventh of 12 entries for Tchaikovsky in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This peaked at number 59 in 2012.
Audiences in St. Petersburg were promised 'a fairy-tale ballet' in the winter of 1892 when, all around the city, posters began to appear advertising the much anticipated new project from Tchaikovsky.
There is a wonderfully vivid, pictorial quality to Tchaikovsky's colourful music. From the elegant Waltz of the Flowers to the thrilling Russian Dance, the score is a feast of wonderful melodies. Other favourites include the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and the Dance of the Reed Flutes. Tchaikovsky had several reservations about it — not surprising, given the less than ecstatic response to some of his earlier works — but the composer evidently had nothing to fear — it has become a perennial Christmas favourite on stage, and the music.
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