December

The Nutcracker
  • Though The Nutcracker Suite isn't a genre, we are using this piece as our listening for the month of December. This famous musical masterwork is very important to be familiar with and learn the background of. PLUS we have some fun classroom activities to accompany the pieces!

     

     About The Nutcracker Suite 

    The Nutcracker was composed in 1982 by Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He composed The Nutcracker as a two-act ballet, but it was not a success. Instead, he took 8 musical mumbers from the ballet and created a 20-minute suite. A suite is a collection of songs.

    The ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice". The ballet is about a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King on Christmas Eve. 

     

    Musical Numbers in the Suite

    • Overture

    • March

    • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

    • Russain Dance (Trepak)

    • Arabian Dance

    • Chinese Dance

    • Dance of the Reed Flutes

    • Waltz of the Flowers

       

  • Audio and Videos

    In class, we will be listening to a different movement every week. Here is what we have learned about so far, AND we got a chance to watch some of the videos!