E.T.A. Hoffman wrote the famous ballet of the nutcracker, which was first performed in 1892. However, the story was considered to be too morbid for kids and thus, Alexander Dumas Pere rewrote it to infuse more optimism and happiness in it. The story is about a young girl named Clara. His doting uncle Drosselmeyer gifts her a magical and mysterious nutcracker that she always keeps by her side. One night, when she was sleeping, the evil Mouse King came and tried to take her to his kingdom.
Then, the Nutcracker Prince sprang to life and fought the Mouse King and
rescued Clara. The ballet becomes even more interesting and fantasy runs
wild from here. After his victory, Clara goes with the Nutcracker Prince
to the land of magic and dreams. She visits the land of the dolls and
that of the Snow Queen where she met snowflakes of all types. She also
goes through the candy land and kids love to hear the sweets from all
over the world that she met there. The beautiful flowers and the sugar
plum fairy capture their imagination. It is only on the Christmas day
that Clara wakes up to find herself back at home, surrounded by her
Marius Petipa, the first ballet master to the Tsar of Russia requested
Piotr Tchaikovsky to compose the music for the ballet and he did an
excellent work on it. Piotr used many different and unusual instruments
such a celesta with its bell-like sound in the ballet and kept it very
secret until it was first performed because he was worried that somebody
might steal his idea before he could use it. The ballet became one of
the most famous ballets of its time.
Read the legend of the Nutcracker, famous Nutcracker ballet by Hoffman, revised by Alexander Dumas Pere.