The Nutcracker  

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The Nutcracker Op. 71, is a fairy tale-ballet in two acts, three tableaux, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composed in 189192, and based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (German: Der Nußknacker und der Mausekönig), a story by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1816). Alexandre Dumas, père's adaptation of the story was set to music by Tchaikovsky and commissioned by the Imperial Theatres in 1891.

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