Monday, December 13, 2010

Sugar Plum Rum

This man is a master of his craft. Everyone else is just faking it.

The story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was written by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Alexandre Dumas' adaptation of the story was set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and has become the most popular ballet performed around Christmas time. Because the ballet centers around a young girl's Christmas gift of a life-size nutcracker, it has become a standard performance during the Christmas holiday season.

Tchaikovsky hated the ballet. He also wrote "Swan Lake". Have you seen "Black Swan" yet? I've heard both good and bad.

Speaking of masters, here's some Duke Ellington.

1 comment:

Chris Sobieniak said...

I remember seeing something like this on TV as a kid, and wanted to try that on the kitchen table. Needless to say it wasn't one of those things your mom would want you to be ruining her glassware on!