Of the many hours I
have spent listening to music in Symphony Hall in Boston,
Tchaikovsky's THE NUTCRACKER brings the most vivid
imaginings, together with a wish that every child could
experience the transporting, fantastical music.
Hoffmann's 1816 story THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING and
happy memories of THE NUTCRACKER as my guide, this book is
my visualization of Tchaikovsky's enchanted music. From the
'Overture in Miniature' during the Christmas Eve party, the
'March' that plays with the battle against the wicked Mouse
King, the string of dances through the Land of Sweets, and
all the way to the 'Waltz of Flowers' at the end, the
music's ebbs and flows inspired fanciful scenes for the
beloved characters that Marie and the Nutcracker meet
throughout their journey. The music also reminds me of trips
to Saint Petersburg and the Baltic sea, so a Russian setting
seems perfect. And look for animals playing the instruments
you'll hear in each of the numbers in THE NUTCRACKER SUITE.
I am especially fond of the basson sounding like the puffing
I hope this book transports readers through magical sights
and sounds as the music of THE NUTCRA KER SUITE does for me.