Tchaikovsky's excitement with Swan Lake is evident based on the quick speed with which he composed. Commissioned in the spring of 1875, the piece was created within one full year. The ballet tells story of a prince who falls in love with a princess, Odette. She has been placed under an enchantment by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, and consequently is a swan by day and a human at night. To lift the spell, a human prince must pledge his love for her.
The Nutcracker Suite is a popular ballet composed by Tchaikovsky in 1892. Most often performed during the holiday season, it tells the story of a young girl named Clara who anxiously awaits Christmas morning and spends the night dreaming of vivid scenes with wonderful characters. Waltz of the flowers is literally a waltz performed in Scene 1.
Also from the popular ballet, Nutcracker Suite. The Story: Clara and the Prince travel to the Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Prince's place until his return. The Prince recounts for the Sugar Plum Fairy how he had been saved by Clara from the Mouse King and had been transformed back into a Prince. In honor of the young heroine, a celebration of sweets from around the world is produced. To conclude the night, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a dance.
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