A little bit of history
Tchaikovsky visited Georgia many times and had warm feelings for this country, Tiflis in particular (the city was renamed Tbilisi in 1936).
“Recalling my three month journey, Tiflis brings the warmest memories. Not so often in my life did I have moments of that much happiness”, confessed the composer in one of his letters.
It was in Georgia when the composer started to think about the ballet “Sleeping Beauty”, Operas;”Iolanta”, “The Queen of Spades”, and where the first night of the opera “The Enchantress” took place. And who knows, maybe without this place the world wouldn’t have had some the composer’s masterpieces. And there is no doubt, that there wouldn’t have been the Arab dance in the ballet “The Nutcracker”, where Tchaikovsky used the traditional melody from the Georgian lullaby “Iavnana”.