Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky (1840–1893) Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a
[orch] Duration: 24'
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Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky composed the suite to his ballet “The Nutcracker” in January/February 1892, at the same time that he was still orchestrating the ballet music.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed the suite to his ballet “The Nutcracker” in January/February 1892, at the same time that he was still orchestrating the ballet music. The score of the suite was thus finished before the complete score of the ballet and before the work was given its definitive title. The world premiere of the suite took place in St. Petersburg on 7 March 1892 under the direction of the composer. First editions of the score were published that same year by three publishing houses.
|1. Overture miniature: Allegro giusto||(4')|
|2. March: Tempo di marcia viva||(3')|
|3. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy: Andante non troppo||(2')|
|4. Trepak, Russian Dance: Molto vivace||(1')|
|5. Arabian Dance: Allegretto||(2')|
|6. Chinese Dance: Allegro moderato||(1')|
|7. Dance of the Reed Flutes: Moderato assai||(4')|
|8. Waltz of the Flowers: Tempo di Valse||(7')|