Annotations for Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite


Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of how jazz composer and musician Duke Ellington, along with Billy Strayhorn, created his jazz composition based on Tchaikovsky's famous Nutcracker Suite ballet.

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Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of how jazz composer and musician Duke Ellington, along with Billy Strayhorn, created his jazz composition based on Tchaikovsky's famous Nutcracker Suite ballet. Includes author's note.

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Baker & Taylor
The author of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue tells the story of how jazz composer and musician Duke Ellington, along with Billy Strayhorn, created his jazz composition based on The Nutcracker, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's famous ballet.

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Random House, Inc.
It's a challenge to transform the "Nutcracker Suite's" romantic orchestra into jumpin' jazz melodies, but that's exactly what Duke Ellington and his collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, did.

Ellington's band memebers were not so sure that a classical ballet could become a cool-cat jazz number. But Duke and Billy, inspired by their travels and by musical styles past and present, infused the composition with Vegas glitz, Hollywood glamour, and even a little New York jazz.

CD recording of the Ellington/Strayhorn composition included.

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