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Great Music for Little Ears

給孩子們聽的音樂

The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky

Waltz of the Flowers

花之圓舞曲

Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy

 

 

梅糖仙子舞曲 

 

Bejart Ballet Nutcracker

Choreography Master Bejart's New Nutcracker

 

 

編舞大師貝嘉的《胡桃夾子新編》

 

 

 

 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  (1840 – 1893) was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, operas, ballets, and chamber music. Some of these rate amongst the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire.

 

 

The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same; The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

 

When Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a ballet, it was actually based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a well known French author. His version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet.

 

The Party Scene

 

It is Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house -- A large and grand house with the most beautiful tree imaginable. The Stahlbaums are hosting their annual Christmas party, welcoming the arrival of their family and friends. The children, Clara and Fritz, are dancing and playing as they welcome their friends too.

 

The party grows festive with music and dance as godfather Drosselmeyer arrives. He is a skilled clock and toy maker and always full of surprises. Drosselmeyer draws everyone's attention as he presents two life-size dolls. They are the delight of the party, each taking a turn to dance.

 

The children begin to open gifts when Drosselmeyer presents his to Clara and Fritz. Although his gift to Fritz is quite nice, he gives Clara a beautiful Nutcracker that becomes the hit of the party. Fritz becomes jealous and, having a bit more spunk than a boy should have, grabs the nutcracker from Clara and promptly breaks it. Clara is heartbroken looking on as Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the Nutcracker with a handkerchief he magically draws from the air.

 

As the evening grows late, the guests depart and the Stahlbaum family retires for the evening. Clara, worried about her beloved Nutcracker, sneaks back to the tree to check on him, falling asleep with him in her arms.

 

The Fight Scene

 

As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen. Clara begins shrinking as her beautiful Christmas tree grows high above her. The toys around the tree come to life while the room fills with an army of mice, led by the fierce Mouse King. As the Nutcracker awakens, he leads his army of toy soldiers into battle with the mice. The Mouse King corners the Nutcracker and battles him one-on-one. The Nutcracker seems to be no match for the Mouse King.

 

The Nutcracker and his army can go on no longer and are captured by the mice and their King. Clara makes a final daring charge throwing her slipper at the Mouse King, hitting him square on the head. The Mouse King drops to the floor and the mice run away, carrying off their leader's lifeless body.

 

The Land of Snow

 

The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes.

 

The Land of Sweets

 

The Prince escorts Clara to the Land of Sweets where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Prince tells her about their daring battle with the army of mice and she rewards them with a celebration of dances.

  • The Spanish Dance
  • The Arabian Dance
  • The Russian Dance
  • The Chinese Dance
  • The Mirliton Dance
  • The Waltz of Flowers

As a finale, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier dance a beautiful Pas De Deux.

 

The Dream Ends

 

Clara awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker.

 

 

 

彼得·伊里奇·柴可夫斯基(1840-1893),俄罗斯浪漫乐派作曲家,其作品也有一定的民族乐派特征。其风格直接和间接地影响了很多后来者。

 

柴可夫斯基的3部芭蕾舞剧《睡美人》、《天鹅湖》、《胡桃夹子》是经典之作,至今盛演不衰。

 

胡桃夾子的故事

 

一百年前的一个圣诞节平安夜,在一个日尔曼小镇上,斯塔尔鲍姆博士的家中举行庆祝晚会,亲朋好友纷纷来到。他家的两个孩子克拉拉和弗里兹带着赞叹的眼光看着美丽的圣诞树。参议员杜塞梅尔送给他的教女克拉拉一份特别的圣诞礼物-军官造型的胡桃夹子。而淘气的弟弟弗里兹也想要这件礼物。他要在克拉拉手里把胡桃夹子抢过去,却不小心把它给弄坏了。克拉拉伤心得哭了,但杜塞梅尔很快又把它修好了,又笑着帮克拉拉擦干了眼泪。入夜了,晚会结束了,客人们也陆续离去,两个孩子也被带到卧室去睡觉。可是克拉拉怎么也睡不着,她偷偷下了床,轻手轻脚地下了楼梯,要去看一看她心爱的胡桃夹子。到了大厅,她找到了胡桃夹子并把它紧紧抱在怀里爬到沙发上,没想到朦朦胧胧就睡着了

 

这时大钟敲了十二下,大厅里黑影耸动,突然间一大群老鼠闯进了客厅,到处乱窜,并开始攻击克拉拉。这时老爷爷杜塞梅尔突然出现,告诉克拉拉,胡桃夹子能保护她,接着又神奇消失了。此时大厅里闪起五颜六色的光。圣诞树不断长高。胡桃夹子活过来了,并领着他的一群玩具同老鼠兵作战。但老鼠们很强大,胡桃夹子的军队处于劣势。克拉拉捡起一把剑,冲向老鼠王并给了它致命的一击。老鼠们抬着它们的国王败走。胜负已分。

 

胡桃夹子也受了重伤,突然奇迹出现,胡桃夹子康复了,而且变成了一个英俊的王子,并要带克拉拉到一座去糖果王国。他们穿过白雪覆盖的圣诞树林(森林之行)。两旁来了一群雪花仙子哼著歌跳着舞(雪花圆舞曲)为他们伴行,王子和白雪皇后跳了一段的双人舞。让克拉拉看得如痴如醉。之后他们继续前行。

 

王子与克拉拉来到了“糖果王国”宫殿。卫兵在夹道等候。王子和克拉拉乘着一辆雪橇来到宫殿前。王子向皇后讲述勇敢的克拉拉如何杀死了老鼠王并救了他的命。这时,大臣出来欢迎。王子组织了一系列舞蹈以回报克拉拉。来自异国他乡的演员陆续跳出异彩纷呈的民族舞蹈。接着花仙子伴着著名的《花之圆舞曲》跳出了一段华尔兹。

 

看完表演后王子送克拉拉回家,剧的最后是第二天早上克拉拉抱着心爱的胡桃夹子在沙发上醒来,发现自己做一个好梦。