The Nutcracker - Overture

By: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
For: String quartet
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Composer
Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Year of composition
1892
Arranger
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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Tchaikovsky's ballet of the Nutcracker is based on Alexandre Dumas' translation of the original tale by E.T.A. Hoffman. Act 1 tells a story of how little Clara aids her magical Christmas gift (a nutcracker in the form of a soldier) defeat an army of mice. As a reward, in Act 2, he takes her to his magic kingdom and introduces her to a variety of subjects in a colorful stream of character dances. Tchaikovsky was initially displeased with the scenario for the ballet, which would be his last, because it lacked real drama. However, he reconciled himself to it and completed the Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, which was popular from its first performance, before going on to complete the entire ballet. Those seven dances ? including the familiar Spanish (Chocolate), Arab (Coffee), Chinese (Tea), and Russian dances ? and the overture are essentially the same as they appeared in the final, full ballet. To these he added interludes and scenes, with music and orchestrations that are just as delightful. His supply of lovely themes is endless, and he constantly provides brilliant orchestration.

This arrangement features an additional bass part for use with string orchestra.

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Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, The High School Cadets, Canon in D, Capriol Suite, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, Chanson de Matin, Chanson Triste, Op.40 No.2, Che gelida manina, from "La boheme", Christians, Awake!, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 2, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 1. Vivace, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 2. Largo ma non tanto, The Holly And The Ivy, The Liberty Bell March, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Duet: Sous le dome epais, from "Lakme", El Capitan, Emperor Waltz, God Save The Queen, Good King Wenceslas, The Manhattan Beach March, Hands Across The Sea, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Holberg Suite - 1. Prelude, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, Holberg Suite - 3. Gavotte and Musette, Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, I Got The Blues, I Saw Three Ships, The Stars And Stripes Forever, The Barber of Seville - Overture, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Jingle Bells, Joy To The World, Key-Stone Rag, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.13 Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks), King Cotton, Pavane, Op.50, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 2. Largo, The Washington Post March, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, Trio No.1, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, La Marseillaise, La Primavera ("Spring") - 1. Allegro, Trio No.2, La Primavera ("Spring") - 3. Allegro: Danza pastorale, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", Le Coucou, Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Lullaby, Lullay My Liking, Maple Leaf Rag, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Trio No.3, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", O Christmas Tree, O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), O come, O come, Emmanuel, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2), O mio babbino caro, from "Gianni Schicchi", O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", Trombone Johnsen, Ode To Joy, Once in Royal David's City, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 2. Rondeau, Trumpet Tune, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", Orchestral Suite No.2 - 6. Menuet, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, Unto Us A Child Is Born, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 1. Overture, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 2. Air, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 3. Gavotte I and II, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 5. Gigue, Vissa d'arte, from "Tosca", Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child"), Water Music Suite No.1 in F, A Cyclone in Darktown, Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven, Preludes, Book 1 No.8 - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair, Radetzky March, Op.228, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Roses From The South, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Scherzo, Semper Fidelis, Senza Mamma, from "Suor Angelica", Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", A Thousand And One Nights, Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Advance Australia Fair, Siegfried Idyll, Silent Night, Sleepy Sidney, Ah! per sempre io ti perdei, from "I Puritani", Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro, Angels From The Realms of Glory, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Angels We Have Heard On High, Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Sonata in A, KV 331 - 1. Andante grazioso (Theme and variations), Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, Au fond du temple saint, from "The Pearl Fishers", Water Music Suite No.3 in G, Auld Lang Syne, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 3. Rondo "alla Turca", Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, Away In A Manger, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, We Three Kings, Bethena - A Concert Waltz, St. Paul's Suite - 1. Jig, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), String Serenade - 2. Waltz, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 2. Andante, String Sonata No.1 - 1. Moderato, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 3. Allegro assai, String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 1. Allegro, Suite Bergamasque - No.3 Clair de Lune, Tales From The Vienna Woods, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Thaxted (I vow to thee, my country), The Amazon Rag, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, The Barber of Seville - Overture, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 1. Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 3. Allegro, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Brook Green Suite - 1. Prelude, Who Let The Cows Out?, The Cannon Ball Rag, The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan, The Coventry Carol, The First Noel, The Gladiator March, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 2. 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