Dixie Darr

My Literary Advent Calendar, Day Twenty-One

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2016 at 11:13 am

Saturday, December 17, 2016


nutcracker

The New Nutcracker Suite.

Raise your hand if you’ve seen the Nutcracker ballet. My brow is low enough that I can admit my memories of Tchaikovsky’s music have more to do with Disney’s Fantasia, the gliding fairies and bobbing mushrooms. It turns out I’m not alone. Although written in 1892, when the Nutcracker debuted in Fantasia in 1940, the complete ballet had never been produced in the US. That happened in 1944 after the movie made the music widely popular.

In 1962, beloved poet Ogden Nash wrote a delightful poem interpreting the music into words in The New Nutcracker Suite and Other Innocent Verses. Here’s a taste of that confectious treat.

The Flutes

How happy are the fruity flutes,

Blowing cadenzas through their snoots.

Once they really start to tootle,

Trying to silence them is futile.

Ten professors in cahoots couldn’t count the total toots.

Since, it’s probably been a while since you’ve seen it, here’s the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8At8zfh_o3E

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