The Nutcracker: A Holiday Tradition
Thu, 30 Nov 2017

Today I’d like to wrap up our look at seasonal music on Clef Notes by looking at a piece that has become a standard in the holiday repertory – Peter Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Many families who aren’t even familiar with classical music have turned this ballet into a holiday tradition.

Composed between 1891 and 1892, Tchaikovsky’s ballet premiered less than a year before his death. Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the story tells of a young girl who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas present. The nutcracker comes to life, turning into a prince who takes her to a land filled with sweets. Though The Nutcracker was not overwhelmingly received at its premiere, audiences came to love the orchestral suite that Tchaikovsky assembled. It ended up becoming his most popular and well-recognized score!

Be sure to tune into 90.9 WGUC this holiday season to enjoy seasonal music, and special programs for Hanukkah and Christmas. A full schedule of programming is available at

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Brahms and Absolute Music
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Absolute vs. Programmatic Music
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The Nutcracker: A Holiday Tradition
Thu, 30 Nov 2017

A Sleigh Ride with Delius
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Frank Bridge's "Summer"
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John Adams at Music Hall
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Stravinsky at Music Hall
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Rachmaninoff at Music Hall
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Leonard Bernstein at Music Hall
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Aaron Copland and Music Hall
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Richard Strauss at Music Hall
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