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Miniature Overture from "Suite from 'The Nutcracker'"

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Peter I Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tschaikowsky (tr. Rogan; ed. McAlister and Alfred Reed)


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This work bears the designation Opus 71A.


General Info

Year: 1892 / 2001
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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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 St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta.

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 the U.S.

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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