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The Nutcracker Fantasy

The Nutcracker Fantasy



$150.00
Printed set (Score & Parts)
Flute 1
Flute 2
Piccolo (doubling Flute 3)
Oboe 1/2 (doubling English Horn)
Bassoon 1/2
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet 1 (div.)
Bb Clarinet 2 (div.)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone 1 (doubling Bb Soprano Saxophone)
Eb Alto Saxophone 2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1 (doubling Bb Flugelhorn or Bb Cornet)
Bb Trumpet 2 (doubling Bb Cornet)
Bb Trumpet 3 (div.)(doubling Bb Cornet)
F Horn 1/2
F Horn 3/4
Trombone 1/2
Trombone 3
Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)
String Bass

Harp/Piano

Timpani
[Percussion 1] 2 Snare Drums (Small & Medium), Tom-tom (Tenor Drum), Suspended Cymbal, The shot of the gun
[Percussion 2] Bass Drum, Large Snare Drum, Tambourine, Castanets
[Percussion 3] Crash Cymbals, Vibraphone, Ratchet, Bass Drum, Castanets, Wind Chimes, Triangle, The shot of the gun, The Clock
[Percussion 4] Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Whip
[Percussion 5] Tubular Bells, Marimba, Tam-tam, Xylophone, Ratchet, Siren

Concept of the Arrangement
This arrangement intends to make fantastic, beautiful and boisterous music from its namesake. (Mr. Tanaka, the Neagari JHS Band Director says "this piece is like turning over a toy box"). Accordingly, many scenes come one after another (or by bits and pieces sometimes) and various sound effects (pistols, clocks, whips, ratchets, etc.) are used a lot. Each section has a feature, like a soli, but the brass parts are not too strenuous. Some difficult passages have been simplified and are not strictly faithful to the original.
Note to the Conductor
In the first half of this piece scenes change quickly, and for the latter half, they are quite lengthy. You should take care to balance this presentation and adequately present each scene, keeping in mind the players'endurance.
To change scenes effectively, it is important to imagine their appropriate tone color and remain aware of the final goal of each segment. You can use harp instead of piano, in which case, you may omit glissandos. If you use a pistol with gunpowder, you may need permission from the hall (or fire station).

Excerpted passages from the original ballet
1. Overture 2. Scene and Grandfather Dance (Act I No.5)
3. Trepak (Act II No.12) During this setting, part of Variation I (for the male dancer) from Pas de deux (Act II No.14) is thrown in. 4. Scene [the battle] (Act I No.7) Also hear the march (Act I No.2) for a moment.
5. Scene [Arrival of Clara and the Prince] (Act II No. 11)
6. Chocolate (Spanish dance) from Divertissement (Act II No.12) 7. Pas de Deux (Act II No.14)
8. Scene [usually entitled either Journey Through the Snow or A Pine Forest in Winter] (Act I No.8)
9. Mother Gigogne and the clowns [also known as "Mother Ginger and her children" or "polichinelles"] from Divertissement (Act II No. 12)

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