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Tchaikovsky and The Nutcracker Ballet

Enjoy Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms? Learn about the original Nutcracker Ballet and the man who composed its famous score, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Mention ballet and people think Tchaikovsky. Learn more about his life and work with Biography in Context.

Russia, Tchaikovsky's birthplace, is so big it covers two continents and 11 time zones! Learn more with CultureGrams.

The Nutcracker Ballet
The Mouse King, Sugar Fairies, Chime Puppets and other characters, make The Nutcracker Ballet an unforgettable experience. Watch it in Kanopy!

The Nutcracker has been adapted into countless books and movies. See them in Hoopla!

Collecting Nutcrackers
No one is certain when ornamental nutcrackers were invented, but the Brothers Grimm included the term in their 1830 dictionary. Learn all about collecting them in MasterFILE Premier.


Peter Tchaikovsky written and illustrated by Mike Venezia Russians: The People Behind the Power by Gregory Feifer The Nutcracker Ballet retold by Melissa Hayden; Illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson Hiddensee : A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire Nutcracker the Untold Story -- starring Elle Fanning,  John Turturro, Shirley Henderson, & Nathan Lane