Nutcracker Sweets

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Peter I Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arr. Neal Corwell)

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General Info

Year: 1891 / 2010
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neal Corwell
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00


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Program Notes

Nutcracker Sweets is an arrangement for soloist of five of the most popular movements from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet Suite. The movements included are: Overture, Waltz of the Flowers, March, Arabian Dance, and Trepak. After a brief introduction, the dances are presented, one-by-one, with brief transitional passages linking all together to form a continuous, but not disjointed, whole.

The concert band version premiered December, 2010 with Neal Corwell as soloist, accompanied by the Hagerstown Municipal Band, Lynn Lerew conducting, in Clear Spring, Maryland.

- Program Note from publisher

Nutcracker Sweets (2010) is an arrangement of Nutcracker Suite for symphonic band and euphonium solo. The solo part is a virtuosic show of technical and lyrical ability. The solo adds another layer of excitement and interest while still staying true to the original piece. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is a piece of music that uses selections from his ballet simply titled The Nutcracker. This suite has become one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous works, and is his most widely performed piece of music. It has also become a standard part of holiday literature, and is a favorite for winter concerts.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphonic Band concert program, 1 December 2016


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  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Dan Dietrich, conductor; Neal Corwell, euphonium) – 1 December 2016

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