I am from the Australian National University and am doing research into
I will be in St Petersburg later this week for 5 days.
Do you have any suggestions how I can find more about the celeste
Tchaikovsky used for his Nutcracker? Do you know where his celeste is
Or any other information you may think would be useful or places I
Look forward to hearing from you.
I have been informed that the celeste which Tchaikovsky brought with
him from Paris to be used in the production of "The Nutcracker" is now
housed in the museum of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory at No. 3 Theatre
Square (Teatral'naia ploshchad'). The museum is located in the foyer of
the Conservatory's opera and ballet theatre and is open to the public from
Monday to Thursday, 11:00–16:00, but only by previous appointment (Tel: +7
(812) 312 54 56, ext. 127; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). You could also
try going directly to the Conservatory's main reception desk during those
times and asking the porter to contact the museum's director, Ol'ga
Nikolaevna GavrIlyina, who may be able to show you round the museum even
without an appointment. Apart from Tchaikovsky's celeste, the
Conservatory's museum houses many other fascinating exhibits and is
definitely worth visiting.