A Duck, a Girl, a Ballerina for Chrismas

Tomorrow I’ll be posting what will hopefully be the first in a long-running series of episode analysis on the music in the series Princess Tutu.

Collage of Princess Tutu screenshots.

Because of the amount of time which goes into writing one of these, I hope to write at least one a month. (I spent three hours on tomorrow’s post, and that’s not counting the time originally spent documenting the music!) With 26 episodes, this can easily take over two years to complete. Maybe I’ll get a boost of energy and do a few at a time on some occasions? If you find this information useful, be sure to comment on tomorrow’s post and let me know, and maybe it’ll give me the motivation to invest the time into another one.

For anyone who hasn’t seen this wonderful series yet, Princess Tutu is a story about a fairytale. The heroine of the fairytale is a ballerina, and the main characters are part of a ballet class. I’ve already written a more proper series preview, so I’ll leave that for those interested in learning about the series itself in a low-spoiler fashion.

A majority of the music used in Princess Tutu comes from composers such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Modest Mussorgsky, and from ballets, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Coppélia.

The DVD bonuses for Princess Tutu cover a decent amount of which pieces are used in episodes on the DVD, but they do not cite every piece used (nor is there a pamphlet with the DVD including this information) and they aren’t the easiest thing to check on when you want to recall which piece was used in a specific location.

Consider this upcoming series as a way for me to track which music is used where, but it is put online in hope that it will benefit others. After all, keeping track of this kind of information written where only I can see it benefits no one.

This year is The Pink Sylphide‘s first Christmas. My Christmas gift to all is a duck, a girl, a ballerina, all one and the same. Hopefully you’ll find tomorrow’s post a useful reference, and maybe even an enlightening bit of information. Merry Christmas!

2 Responses to “A Duck, a Girl, a Ballerina for Chrismas”

  1. Alison Says:

    You’re wonderful! Thankyou for this. I adore, enjoy and appreciate what you’ve done for us devoted fans. The screencap montages are lovely, and the information is accurate, insightful and useful. I can’t wait to see more. This is the sort of thing I contemplate when watching Princess Tutu, and its nice to see someone making connections between the music, stories and the anime itself.

  2. Chris Says:

    Thanks for the kind words! I really need to get back to getting these together more. (Computer problems slowed it down, then other things came up that made it difficult to work on.) It’d be nice to see a complete collection listing all the music and ballet dances and where they’re from, but I’ll stick with being a year behind my planned schedule for the music part of it =P