Nutcracker Medley

from by Brian Blume

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One of Tchaikovsky’s most well-known works (and one of my favorites), the music of The Nutcracker was written in 1892 for a ballet based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. The ballet has become a staple during the Christmas season in many cities and ballet companies, especially in the United States.

With so many great numbers to choose from, it was a challenge choosing which ones to arrange for the marimba. A major factor in my decision was how well I could preserve the character of the original works with only one person and a marimba. Many numbers seemed to require more hands to effectively capture the depth and beauty of Tchaikovsky’s works. In fact, this is why the third part becomes a duet – I ran out of hands!


from Let It Snow, released November 19, 2012
Music by Peter Illych Tchaikovsky



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Brian Blume Lakeland, Florida

Composer, percussionist, and educator, Brian currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion at Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL). As a composer, Brian has works published by Tapspace, drop6, and PercMaster. Brian earned MM and BM degrees in performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. ... more

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