One of Peter Tchaikovsky’s most enduring legacies is his ballet “The Nutcracker”. It is a Christmas story in which young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, becomes a Prince and whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. In Act 1 of the ballet there is a scene where parents and children are gathered around the beautiful Christmas tree. Presents are given out , a march music is played, and wooden soldier-toys are marching across the living room, while children stand in awe.
HomeOrchestra arrangements of classical music standards is a very desirable addition to a school orchestra repertoire. It allows to choose a member of any group – keyboards, strings, woodwinds or brass – and give them an unprecedented opportunity to shine as a soloist of a symphonic orchestra from the youngest age!
Credits: Maria Kirillova, clarinet / “Gnessin Virtuosi” Youth Orchestra /Mikhail Khokhlov, conductor