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"Dance of the Dragee Fairy" from Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker"

"Dance of the Dragee Fairy"

It is difficult to imagine the New Year period without music from Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker". Whatever fragment you choose, you will almost certainly hit. Whether it's a march, Waltz of snowflakes or Waltz of flowers, Chinese dance or Trepak. But still, the Dance of the Dragee Fairy occupies a special place.

When a crystal melody is heard, one wants to slow down the breath a little and make it quieter. If only by all means to keep the atmosphere of magic and not frighten her away. In one popular advertisement, red and yellow chocolate jelly beans tiptoe to the fireplace at night to catch Santa Claus. This is a foretaste of meeting with the holiday, when the gifts have not yet been opened. Similar feelings are given by the Dance of the Fairy Dragee.

Pyotr Ilyich created The Nutcracker almost in pain. In the letters he complains that nothing sensible comes out. And the plot itself seems to the composer frivolous and too childish.

Get rid of the ballet - that's what the classic wanted! It is impossible to get distracted and find inspiration even in France. However, the spring trip of 1891 was fateful, without it, no Dance of the Pellet Fairy would have happened. It was in Paris that Tchaikovsky heard the sound of the instrument that was to become the main character at the upcoming premiere.

“I discovered in Paris a new orchestral instrument with a divinely wonderful sound… I would like it not to be shown to anyone”,

— the composer writes to the music publisher Petr Ivanovich Yurgenson, who soon ordered this instrument from the capital of France. But Tchaikovsky is relentless:

"For God's sake, keep in mind that no one but me should hear the sounds of this wonderful instrument."

The regime of secrecy was justified: what if Rimsky-Korsakov or Glazunov find out about the instrument! In a word, almost an arms race, but in an orchestra.

On the premiere day in December 1892, St. Petersburg gathers at the Mariinsky Theater to see a Christmas performance. Tchaikovsky himself looked at the stage with difficulty: the costumes and scenery seemed clumsy to the composer. He also worried about the music, which critics will react ambiguously. But the former at the premiere remembered the sound of the secret instrument for sure.

The Nutcracker ballet - the history of creation and performances

Closer to the climax of the ballet, the Dance of the Dragee Fairy begins, and the audience is perplexed, because no one has heard such a sound before. In the orchestra pit is a wooden box that looks like a small piano, which makes amazing sounds of crystal chime. It was a heavenly and delicate celesta - a keyboard instrument with metal plates. Celesta became the main character that evening.

Tchaikovsky won the arms race and linked the celesta forever with a halo of celebration and magic.

As is well known, in the very first production of The Nutcracker (1892), after all the repetitive and battles with mice, as well as overcoming the snow-covered forest, Clara and the prince found themselves in the realm of sweets - Confiturenburg, where fountains of currant syrup and lemonade beat, and They were greeted by the Dragee Fairy (the mistress of Confiturenburg), Prince Whooping cough (her cavalier), as well as various sweets - sweets, petit fours, macaroons, etc. Hoffmann had a similar magical land, where Konfetenburg (-hausen) appears, and Dumas père (where there is Varenenburg).

In the end, it was the Dragee Fairy and Prince Whooping Cough who closed the ballet - at the end they performed the pas de deux. It is danced by Masha and the Nutcracker Prince in modern Russian productions.

However, neither Hoffmann nor Dumas have any Fairy Dragees. Where did she come from and why does she have such a name? Why weren't some von Warenenburg sisters greeted Clara and the prince, as in Dumas' arrangement, for example?

The Nutcracker and its author: facts not too well known, but remarkable

One of the aspects of the answer is obvious - we just needed a spectacular, including a duet, number for a foreign ballerina-star and a partner, because before that there was not a single classical dance in the performance (the first act is mainly pantomime, the second is a divertissement from characteristic dances). This number did not correlate in any way with the plot, and this was one of the points for which the first "Nutcracker" was criticized, and which, among other things, prevented Lev Ivanov and Pyotr Tchaikovsky from fully relating the music and choreography.

At the premiere, the Dragee Fairy was danced by Italian Antonietta Del'Era. The public was looking forward to her release - she had already come to Russia at the end of 1886-1887, and her dances received many laudatory reviews. Then, however, she limited herself to the scenes of private theaters, but the second entry - immediately to the Mariinsky Theater - seriously provoked the St. Petersburg balletomanes.

Del'Era was a virtuoso ballerina who was remembered for her 16th fouette (at that time no one else was doing it on the Russian stage), as well as for her pointe technique - she could stand on the toe of one foot in attitude for many seconds with virtually no support from her partner .

Antonietta Del'Era

That is, it doesn't make much sense at first glance. More precisely, it is purely practical - you just had to bring in a star ballerina to demonstrate her brilliant technical capabilities, which has already been done more than once in relation to other Italian ballerinas, who were much stronger in technical terms than domestic ballerinas. Not particularly at the same time correlating the invented choreography with the music and the plot. The solution is rather artificial.

But why give the heroine the name Dragee? Firstly, obviously in order to continue the “sweet” logic of the second act. Second…

On January 30, 1934, the very first performance of The Nutcracker in the West took place at the Sadler's Wells Theater in London. According to the poster, Sugar Plum Fairy danced in the pas de deux - that is, literally translated, the Sugar Plum Fairy (danced by Alicia Markova). And to this day in many Western productions (USA, UK) you will see this name on the posters. That is, the Fairy Dragee was renamed in the West. Or not? And what about plums?

Sugar Plum (sugar plum) is an obsolete term used in 17-19century in English precisely to refer to what we call “draggers” - small round (or oval) sweets. And these sweets could not necessarily be plum - just in ancient times they were quite large and resembled the shape and size of a plum.

Therefore, there are no discrepancies between our Dragee Fairy and its American-English analogue - we are talking about dragees, not plums.

But the term Sugar Plum is not limited to sweet overtones and has many other meanings. In addition to the actual “sugar plum” and “jelly beans”, these are:

  • Flattery. There was such an expression: “Your mouth is full of sugar plums”, meaning the flattery of the interlocutor.
  • Bribe. The expression “To fill someone else's mouth with sugar plum” meant “to give a bribe”.
  • In the 18th century, Sugar Plum was a slang term for 100 pounds. a lot of money. Someone who was rich was called a "plum".
  • Later, in the 19th century, "sugar plum" denoted a particularly desired thing, a prize, a place of work or a successful appointment.
  • Finally, seeing the dragee fairy dancing meant a happy dream.

Thus, in Clement Clarke Moore's 1823 poem "The Night Before Christmas" there are lines:

The children were nestled all snug in their beds translate: The children were carefully placed in their beds while visions of sugar plums danced in their thoughts.

Literary translation:

…Children in their beds are like birds in a nest.
Close your eyes. Lie down on pillows.
They dream of sweets…

So, we can conclude that sugar plum in particular is a kind of generalized synonym for something desired.

The presence of a fairy in a ballet was not something special for those times - what are only 6 fairies in Sleeping Beauty staged 2 years before The Nutcracker. But exactly what the creators of The Nutcracker had in mind when introducing this character into the ballet will remain a mystery, unless one finds some exact, documentary evidence of the authors of the libretto (either Marius Petipa, or Ivan Vsevolozhsky, or both) about their idea.

One could probably say that this is a symbol of Clara’s (Marie) happy dream, if not for one “but” - neither the libretto of the original production, nor both choreographers’ plans, nor the violin tutors, nor the well-known descriptions of Ivanov’s first production contain an indication to the fact that Clara is sleeping, and the journey to Confiturenburg is a dream. That is, as in Hoffmann, reality intertwined with the fictional world there.

The Pellet Fairy disappeared from Russian productions in 1924 (not entirely, but more on that later), when Lev Ivanov's original left the stage. At 19In 1919, Alexander Gorsky staged his The Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theatre. His main character was again called Clara, and her party combined both the party of little Clara and the classical dances of the Dragee Fairy from Ivanov's original production. It was Clara who danced the adagio with the Nutcracker (which, in turn, was joined by the part of Prince Whooping Cough), and then the variations. That is, Gorsky became the first choreographer who led Clara through the entire performance.

As for the name Masha, it appears for the first time in The Nutcracker by Fyodor Lopukhov 1929 years old

A fairy tale told at night

But the Sugar Plum Fairy has taken root in Anglo-Saxon productions. That was the name of the heroine who danced the pas de deux, both in 1934 in the production of Sadler’s Wells, and in 1944 in San Francisco (the first Nutcracker in the USA), and in February 1954 in the famous production of New York City Balle by George Balanchine. That is also the name of Peter Wright, whose production is at the Covent Garden Theatre.

In many European countries, she is called either the “sugar fairy” (“Tanz der Zuckerfee” in Germany and Austria, “Danza del Hada de Azúcar” in Spain and Latin American countries, “Dança da Fada Açucarada” in Portugal and Brazil ), or, again, the Dragee Fairy (“Danza della Fata Confetto” in Italy, “Danse de la Fée Dragée” in France).

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Translation into English, meaning, synonyms, antonyms, pronunciation, example sentences, transcription, definition, phrases

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It's like asking Beethoven to play Chopsticks with some chopsticks.

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He was the warm - up act at the Last Waltz , a concert staged by the Band at the Winterland Ballroom, on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976.

Mostly jazz swing, but he also composed marches, waltzes and Thai patriotic songs.

Much of it is jazz swing but he also composed marches, waltzes , and Thai patriotic songs.

Immediately afterwards he conducted the Second Symphony and the waltz three hundred in Norway.

Immediately afterwards, he conducted the Second Symphony and Valse triste in Norway.

The intro waltz begins with a quiet march, and then a sweeping crescendo announces the gentle main melody of the first waltz .

A quiet march starts the waltz's introduction before a sweeping crescendo heralds the gentle principal melody of the first waltz .

And notes on your piano with waltz by Johann Brahms. Unknown creation with modern ink.

And on your piano, the waltz by Johannes Brahms, an unknown work, in manuscript, written in modern ink.

Martin Scorsese's Cinematic Chronicle The Last Waltz , released in 1978, included about half of Dylan's footage.

Martin Scorsese's cinematic chronicle, The Last Waltz , in 1978 included about half of Dylan's set.

That's what I thought last night when I heard you invite Mrs Macphail to the waltz tour.

I guessed as much when I heard you ask Mrs. Macphail to have a turn with you last night.

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You're about to witness the subtle waltz known as seduction.

Her gaze slid past me higher, towards the light, towards the open door, from which the sounds of a simple, sad waltz At three o'clock in the morning - the fashion novelty of the year.

Her glance left me and. sought the lighted top of the steps, where Three O'clock in the Morning, a neat, sad little waltz of that year, was drifting out the open door.

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New Orleans Waltz , once more commenced descending the escalera.

Better show class in waltz , young man.

You'd better bring it to the waltz , young man.

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In addition to manga adaptations of the series and Endless Waltz , several manga sidestories have also been produced.

Notable examples of traditional dance/music couples include jig, waltz , tango, disco and salsa.

Notable examples of traditional dance/music couplings include the jig, waltz , tango, disco, and salsa.

In 2006, The Last Waltz was one of the first eight titles released in high definition Blu-ray format by Sony.

In 2006, The Last Waltz was among the first eight titles released in Sony's high definition Blu - ray format.

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And the ladies waltzing . Their gowns seemed to rise and fall... but never to touch the floor.

So I tell this smug witch I forgive her, we get out and I waltz across the Passage.

So I tell that holier - than - thou witch that I forgive her, peel home and waltz right past the threshold.

The glottis also plays an important role in the maneuver Valsalva .

The glottis is also important in the valsalva maneuver.

When he was in a sad state, he heard the Cuckoo Waltz playing in the background, and the bizarre music made him even more depressed.

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So, gentlemen, position waltz .

All right, gentlemen, waltz position.

Endless Waltz premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on November 10, 2000.

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It was foreseen waltz , which has already made this transition.

This had been pre - figured by the waltz , which had already made this transition.

To the sounds of a harmless waltz theme, a couple of pleasure seekers are preparing to go on a water slide.

To the strains of an innocent waltz theme a pair of pleasure - seekers prepare to go on a water slide.

Don't you like waltz - musette?

Don't you like valse musette?

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The piano struck up; the melancholy strains of a valse floated out of the wide open windows, and every one, for some reason, remembered that it was spring, a May evening.

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Then she figured in a waltz with Monsieur de Klingenspohr, the Prince of Peterwaradin's cousin and attache.

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The Destiny waltz , the Blue Danube, the Merry Widow, one - two - three, one - two - three, round - and - round, one - two - three, one - two - three, round - and round.

A waltz accompanied the sequence in which a woman rises from her deathbed to dance with the ghosts.

The waltz accompanied by a sequence in which a woman rises from her deathbed to dance with ghosts.

And you can detect these waltzing black holes using the light coming from them.

Despite their random behavior, they follow a small number of paths. Again, this is eerily similar to the behavior of quantum objects.

Waltz is an amazing thing, Miss Hotchkiss.

The waltz is a beautiful thing, Miss Hotchkiss.

Measurements are taken while the woman is performing the Valsalva maneuver while in the dorsal lithotomy position.

The measurements are taken when the Valsalva maneuver is performed by the woman while in the dorsal lithotomy position.

This dance goes to the beat waltz , but goes very quietly and gracefully.

This dance is walking to waltz time but walking most quietly and gracefully.

During the ascent, students are asked to yawn, and on the descent they are required to perform the Valsalva maneuver .

During the ascent, students are asked to yawn and on descent they need to perform the valsalva maneuver.

If they valsalva during the ascent, they risk ear barotrauma.

If they perform the valsalva during ascent, they risk suffering barotrauma of the ear.

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