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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Throwback Thursday and E.T.A. Hoffmann

Throwback Thursday and E.T.A. Hoffmann
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, better known as E.T.A. Hoffmann, was a German author, composer, and artist born in 1776. He studied law and in 1800 was a court official in Berlin. However, partly because he had drawn an uncomplimentary sketch of one of his superiors, he was forced to leave his position and move to the Polish town, Plock.
He began to develop his talents as a writer, composer and artist. In 1808 he became the orchestra conductor in Bamberg, and started writing the short stories he is best remembered for today. His early works were fantasy/horror stories, and he remains known for his darker works, although he wrote lighter works, too.
One of Hoffmann’s stories was adapted by author Alexandre Dumas – the tale of a little girl and her Christmas toys. Hoffmann titled it: Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Dumas altered the tale, making it less dark and less scary. In 1892 it became a ballet, although at first it wasn’t exactly a smash hit.
Today The Nutcracker ballet is a holiday classic, but few people know anything about the man whose story started it all.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
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“The Nutcracker ballet was based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann.”
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