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Nutcracker Suite op. 71a

Piano Solo

By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Piano - intermediate to advanced
Piano Solo. Composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Edited by Stepan Esipoff. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Schott. Op. 71a. 40 pages. Schott Music #ED 2394. Published by Schott Music (HL.49003731).

Item Number: HL.49003731

ISBN 9783795752903. 9x12 inches.

The Nutcracker Suite is a piano arrangement of the concert version of the ballet of that name. Tchaikovsky used only part of the music for the ballet in the suite. The Overture and the March, which is the most important of the characteristic dances in the Suite, come from the first act of the ballet. The remaining dances originate from the second act. They are: The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, in which the leading part is, in the original composition, played typically by the celeste almost all the way through; the fiery Russian Trepak which reminds us of Tchaikovsky's national origins; the Arab Dance tinged with a gentle melancholy; the Chinese Dance with its ostinato triple rhythm; the graceful Dance of the Reed Flutes; and finally the longest piece in the Suite: the Waltz of the Flowers in which Tchaikovsky, writing in the penultimate year of his life, showed his musical affinity with Johann Strauss.The Nutcracker Suite was performed for the first time, with great success, on 7 March 1892 at the Ninth Symphony Concert of the Russian Musical Society in St Petersburg.

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  • Vorwort 
  • Preface 
  • Ouverture 
  • March 
  • Dance of the Fairy Dragee 
  • The fiery Trepak 
  • Dance Arabe 
  • Chinese Dance 
  • Dance Of The Mirlitons 
  • Flower Waltz 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Piano Teacher Suzanne
    Camp Hill, PA
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  • November 27, 2011 Fun and Challenging Arrangement

    This is the piano arrangement of the orchestral work that my teacher bought for me back in the 1980s. Tricky and fun, the arrangements are good for an intermediate to advanced pianist: lots of rapid runs, passages in 3rds or 6ths, large rolled chords, etc. The Trepak (Russian Dance) is...

    marvelous, and still leaves me breathless at the end.

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