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Tchaikovsky didn’t like “The Nutcracker” or the story behind it very much. People say that he wrote to a friend saying that the music he wrote for “The Nutcracker” was much worse than the music he wrote for “The Sleeping Beauty.”

When they saw “The Nutcracker” that night, some other people were not happy and said that they thought it was bad. For its music, some people said the ballet was great.

Tchaikovsky probably didn’t think that his ballet would become a big hit around the world one day. He didn’t live long enough to figure it out. He died in 1893 at the age of fifty-three.

Okay, now that you know the answer to the question – ‘why did Tchaikovsky hate the Nutcracker?’ it is time to take a look into some interesting facts about The Nutcracker.

Here are some facts about The Nutcracker that you may not have known before now, such as:

  • When Tchaikovsky was in Paris, he heard about Victor Mustel’s new invention: the celeste. While he was trying to write a piece of music to show the Sugar Plum Fairy, Tchaikovsky came across this song. In order to make sure that Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov didn’t play the celeste before he did, he ordered one for the premiere.
  • Everyone assumed that the original work was lost forever. However, in 1946, a conductor stumbled found the original in a stack of unrelated papers. In a museum near Moscow, it now has a new place to live.
  • It was called The Christmas Tree or The Fir Tree in Tchaikovsky’s early sketches before it was changed to The Nutcracker.
  • Tchaikovsky didn’t want to premiere a new work that he didn’t like, so he chose to show off some of the best parts of The Nutcracker instead of the new piece he didn’t like. The full ballet came out a few months later.
  • After he turned down the original job, he needed to be talked into it.
  • In 1960, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn did a big band recording of the song. This is one of the most well-known changes to the song. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is changed to “Sugar Rum Cherry,” and “Waltz of the Flowers” is changed to “Danse of the Floreadores.”
  • Only a few pieces of classical music have been used in popular culture so many times as this piece of music has. As a child, you might have seen it in Disney’s “Fantasia,” “The Simpsons,” or “The Nutcracker and the Four Realm.” 

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