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Nuts and Crackers Sweet, The

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David Shaffer

David Shaffer

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C L Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score & Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
French Horn
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bird Whistle
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraslap
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Shaffer has risen to a higher level of musical misquotation with this adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, Nuts and Crackers. David has lovingly orchestrated three of the most best known movements from the ballet: March of the Rin Tin Tin Soldiers, Dance of the Thoroughly Modern Mirlitons, and the Russian Hat-rack Dance (Ho Ho Hopak). This delightfully fun piece is especially appropriate for holiday concerts, but is sure to bring down the house in any concert setting. Lots of fun and full of percussion sound effects.

- Program Note from publisher

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  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (Ronald Nuzzo, conductor) – 18 December 2017

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