Selections from "The Nutcracker Suite"

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Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Peter I. Tchaikovsky (arr. Robert Longfield)

This work bears the designation Opus 71a.

General Info

Year: 1884 / 1992
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $74.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


1. Chinese Dance
2. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
3. Russian Dance (Trepak)


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Celeste (or Piano; printed in Percussion part)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For the first time comes a version of three of the famous dances from this most popular of all ballets that all bands can enjoy. Robert Longfield’s arrangement of this timeless classic includes China Dance, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Russian Dance (Trepak).

- Program Note from publisher

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71). It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892.

Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s, and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in North America. Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

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State Ratings

  • Virginia: V


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