Our second installment of arrangements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker! These pieces compliment our volume 1 of published arrangements, or they can be mixed and matched to fit your ensemble’s programmatic needs. Selections include: Overture, Chocolate (Spanish Dance), Coffee (Arabian Dance), and Tea (Chinese Dance).
Our second installment of arrangements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker! These pieces compliment our volume 1 of published arrangements, or they can be mixed and matched to fit your ensemble’s programmatic needs.
The Overture provides a regal and triumphant entrance of all the brass and give each instrument their own technical moment to shine. Chocolate is a flashy 1st trumpet feature true to the orchestral trumpet solo, with some demanding multiple tonguing that will really let the soloist show off. A flugelhorn duet hauntingly sings above the low brass in Coffee as we hear the “plodding camel” make its way through the desert. Finally, Tea is a delightful opportunity to showcase your piccolo trumpet in this quick and animated dance!
*Note: This arrangement can be heard recorded by CSB on our “Christmas on Copper Street” album, available on our website or anywhere you get your music online.
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|1st Trumpet in Bb, Flugelhorn and Piccolo Trumpet in Bb|
|2nd Trumpet in Bb, Flugelhorn|
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|Meter||Simple (4/4, 3/4, 2/4), no meter changes|
|Keys||Up to two flats|
|Tempo||Andante to Moderato|
|Rhythms||Simple, mostly whole / half / quarter notes|
|Scoring||Clear and traditional|
|Range||No extremes, generally stays in a comfortable octave, and no wide leaps|
|Meter||Simple + easy compound (4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8, 9/8), a few easy meter changes|
|Keys||Two sharps to three flats|
|Tempo||Andante to Allegro|
|Rhythms||Adding some triplets and sixteenths|
|Scoring||Mostly traditional, more horn or trombone melody, a few exposed solos|
|Range||Stays in a generally comfortable 1.5 - 2 octaves, no leaps of more than a 6th|
|Meter||All except rapidly changing meters or the extremely complex|
|Keys||Four sharps to five flats|
|Tempo||Adagio to Presto|
|Rhythms||Most rhythms, no complex 16th-note passages, easy double/triple tonguing|
|Scoring||Exposed solos, extended horn and low brass (incl. tuba) melodies|
|Range||All notes in playable range, wide leaps of an octave or more|
|Meter||Any, with any changes between|
|Keys||Any (still generally stays away from the most extreme keys that don't sound as good on brass)|
|Tempo||Molto Largo to Molto Vivace|
|Rhythms||Any complex duple or compound rhythms, fast double/triple tonguing|
|Scoring||Very exposed, unusual orchestration, long cadenzas or solos|
|Range||All notes including extremes, very wide leaps, extreme flexibility required (sounds fun doesn't it?)|