Tchaikovsky Seven Pieces from the Nutcracker for 2 Flutes and Piano


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Tchaikovsky Seven Pieces from the Nutcracker for 2 Flutes and Piano

Tchaikovsky Seven Pieces from the Nutcracker for 2 Flutes and Piano

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Level: For beginner players. Neither the flute nor piano parts exceed the level of difficulty past beginner level.


“The Nutcracker” is a renowned ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, first performed in December 1892. Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale, it tells the story of a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve, battling the evil Mouse King. “The Nutcracker” has since become the most frequently performed ballet worldwide, introducing many to classical music and often staged during the Christmas season.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a renowned Russian composer, widely regarded as one of the most beloved and influential in the history of classical music. With a career spanning from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, Tchaikovsky left an indelible mark on the musical world.

Tchaikovsky’s compositions were characterised by their captivating melodies, rich harmonies, and vivid orchestration. Throughout his lifetime, he crafted an extensive body of work, including seven symphonies, eleven operas, three ballets, five suites, three piano concertos, a violin concerto, numerous overtures, choral works, chamber music, and a plethora of songs and piano pieces.

During the 1870s, Tchaikovsky composed several iconic compositions, such as his monumental Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, the emotionally charged opera “Eugene Onegin,” and the brilliant Violin Concerto in D Major. These works solidified his reputation as a masterful composer and brought him international recognition.

In the 1880s, Tchaikovsky continued to produce masterpieces, including his epic Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, which delved into themes of fate and destiny, and the sumptuous ballet “Swan Lake,” the first in his renowned trilogy of ballets. These works demonstrated Tchaikovsky’s ability to weave complex narratives through music, captivating audiences worldwide.

Tchaikovsky’s final years were marked by profound achievements, despite personal challenges. He composed his Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, also known as the “Pathétique,” which is regarded as one of his greatest works. Tragically, he passed away shortly after its premiere in 1893, leaving a lasting legacy as one of the most brilliant and influential composers in history.

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