Based on themes from Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker"
Arranged by Judy Nishimura
Piccolo, 4 C Flutes, Alto Flute in G, and Bass Flute and opt. Contrabass
Available from ALRY Publications
Using themes from the entire ballet rather than just the Suite, I was hoping to give this work a fresher sound. You know you've heard some of the tunes, but maybe you didn't realize it was from "The Nutcracker."
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Flute Talk Magazine -- "...in both versions the opening is the harp cadenza from the 'Waltz of the Flowers.' The 'Mirlitons' is quoted extensively and sometimes surprisingly. Of course, the 'Chinese Dance' is included, and so are some of the big orchestral pas de deus. The arrangements are both workmanlike and effective and either would be a good piece for a Christmas concert."
-- Anne Bither Reynolds, University of Indianapolis and Depauw University.
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The Nutcracker (in 5 Minutes)