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Nutcracker Suite (arr Lavender)

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Peter I Tchaikovsky

Peter I Tchaikovsky (arr. Paul Lavender)


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General Info

Year: 1891 / 1999
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $15.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.50; (digital) - $15.00


Instrumentation

Condensed Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Convertible Bass Line
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the Nutcracker ballet (Casse Noisette) in 1891 and arranged eight numbers from it to form a concert suite. Written for the Russian Imperial Ballet, it was first performed in 1892. It is based on the Hoffman fairy tale of the little girl, who, having indulged herself with Christmas goodies, dreams on Christmas night that she again sees the tree lighted in all its splendor, while all the toys and dolls have come to life and are holding a fairy revel led by Nutcracker, the Prince of Fairyland.

In this carefully scored setting of the best-known movements from Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, Paul Lavender has made this masterpiece accessible to developing bands. Includes: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Elves' Dance, Trepak and Waltz of the Flowers.

- Program Note adapted from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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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