Some composers appear to be real gourmands, and dream of sweets and chocolate while writing music, or of a coffee shop full of cakes with whipped cream. The “sweetest” music pieces most suitable for a dessert interestingly seem to come from ballet music. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, performed in the Christmas season, invites us in Act Two to the Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy, where apart from “grown-up” drinks such as coffee and tea there are also dancing candy canes and figurines made of marzipan. There is also chocolate naturally, but more of it can be found in Richard Strauss’s ballet Schlagobers (Whipped Cream), at the party of Princess Pralinée. Our musical Christmas feast is not only pleasant (Tchaikovsky belongs to the audience’s long-time favourites) but also will not make anyone put on weight.
At home, however, we recommend eating nuts, which are healthier – and if you like cracking them and are coming to the Sunday concert, please BRING a prop – a nutcracker.