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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Publisher: AMP

The Nutcracker Suite (for jazz band) (1892)
Tempo Music Inc
Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Jazz Band
Year Composed
freely arr. by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (1960)
31 Minutes
Programme Note
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite (for jazz band) (1892)
Related works:
   The Nutcracker Suite, for jazz band (Tchaikovsky/Ellington/Strayhorn)
   The Nutcracker Suite, for orchestra (Tchaikovsky/Ellington/Strayhorn, adapted by Tyzik)

1. Overture
2. Toot Toot Tootsie Toot (Dance of the Reed-Pipes)
3. Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)
4. Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)
5. Entr'acte
6. The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)
7. Chinoiserie
8. Dance Of The Floreadores (Waltz Of The Flowers)
9. Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)

In 1960 Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn reinvented Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet classic as a jazzy, brassy “melting pot of musical styles past and present,” according to The New York Times. The Sugar Plum Fairy becomes the sultry Sugar Rum Cherry, while the Dance of the Reed Pipes becomes Toot Toot Tootie Toot.

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