The Nutcracker . . . In About Three Minutes
By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky / arr. Mark Weston, scored by Douglas E. Wagner
Belwin Beginning String Orchestra
Highlights from Tchaikovsky's immortal holiday classic are presented in a tightly woven medley with younger players in mind. Full of the color and pageantry presented in the ballet itself, five popular movements brilliantly set the stage, including: Overture (M. 2), Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (M. 16), Russian Dance: Trepak (M. 30), Dance of the Reed Flutes (M. 42), and Waltz of the Flowers (M. 59). Here's a tour de force that your students will really enjoy working on, and a guaranteed audience pleaser for your December concerts.