Nutcracker Suite 6. Chinese Dance

P. Tchaikovsky Arr. Erik Cole
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The Chinese Dance is one of my favorite movements of the suite, so I couldn't leave it out, despite a few of the parts being very difficult to transcribe. The flute parts with the melody really couldn't be simplified and still sound the same. But even more difficult was the second clarinet part - all those 16th notes have to be there, but they're so low they have to be in a bassoon part, and it's much, much more difficult to play on bassoon than on either clarinet or oboe. I compromised by offering the alternative version where the arpeggios are split up, but even that is still fairly difficult.

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P. Tchaikovsky Arr. Erik Cole
Not applicable (e.g. worksheet)
1 minute
Double reed ensemble
Classical music

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