Be Nice To Mice


Nothing much happened in the Kingdom of the Mice until 1816.
That year E. T. A. Hoffmann wrote "The Nutckacker and the Mouseking"— in which the mouseking appears as an evil character. Of course, His Majesty took exception to this unflattering portrayal if Himself, but Hoffmann was busy surviving the War of the Fourth Coalition, the War of the Sixth Coalition, and the Battle of Dresden. In exasperation the mice ate most the manuscript of Hoffmann's greatest opera "The Great and Unneccessary War of the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Coalition" The composer published the leftovers as "A Short Waltz based on a Cro-Magnon Skinning Chant".

Tchaikovsky's could have given the Mouseking a fair shake. Instead he has the mouseking dance around in a tutu.
I'm not going to pay any money to see that!