E. T. A. Hoffmann

Tchaikovsky Research
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (1776-1822)

German writer, composer, music critic, jurist, draughtsman and caricaturist (b. 24 January 1776 [N.S.] in Königsberg; d. 25 June 1822 [N.S.] in Berlin), born Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann.

Tchaikovsky's Settings of Works by Hoffmann

Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (1891-92), was based on Hoffmann's story Der Nußknacker und Mausekönig (1816), in a French adaptation by Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) [1].

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Notes and References

  1. In Letter 4634 to Pyotr Jurgenson, 6/18 March 1892, Tchaikovsky had suggested the wording "Story from the fairy-tale by Hoffmann and Dumas senior" for the title page of the ballet. However, Pyotr Jurgenson replied on 13/25 March 1892 that this could create copyright difficulties with the heirs of the estate of Alexandre Dumas. In Letter 4643 to Jurgenson, 14/26 March 1892, the composer concurred: "Certainly, don't mention Dumas".