Themes from "The Nutcracker Suite"

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Peter I Tchaikovsky (arr. C.W. Johnson)

General Info

Year: 1892 / 1953
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, includes:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

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

  • Tennessee: III
  • West Virginia: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Patrick Henry High School (Roanoke, Va.) Wind Symphony (Alexander Schmitt, conductor) - 14 December 2021
  • Royal Oak (Mich.) Concert Band (Kevin R. Czarnik, conductor) - 15 December 2019
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Fond du Lac Collegiate Wind Ensemble - 21 November 2019
  • Spotswood (N.J.) High School Concert Band (Christina Restine, conductor) – 13 December 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 11 December 2016
  • Marshfield High School (Wisc.) Wind Ensemble - 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • The Nutcracker, Wikipedia Accessed 26 December 2016
  • Tschaikovsky, P.; Johnson, C. (1953). Themes from the Nutcracker Suite [score]. Belwin Mills: [New York].