The pieces are in the order of The Nutcracker Suite - not in order of difficulty; some are much harder than others.
The fastest versions on the CD have Complete and Background (where some melody is omitted); short introductions have been added in some of the movements to make it possible to play along with the CD - the “real” beginning of each piece is bar 1.
This is in the original key (G minor); however, in this arrangement, to avoid the use of 16th and 32nd notes and, thus make the piece appear less intimidating, all of the rhythmic values have been doubled and the meter changed from 3/8 to 3/4.
This piece has been transposed to F major (down a fourth from the original key of Bb major)
DANCE OF THE REEDS
This piece has been transposed down a tone to C major (from the original key of D major) and, to avoid the use of 32nd notes and, thus make the piece appear less intimidating, all of the rhythmic values have been doubled and the meter changed from 2/4 to 4/4.
WALTZ OF THE FLOWERSThe piece has been transposed up a semitone to Eb major (from the original key of D major). In addition, the first 33 bars of the original introduction (which included an 18 bar Harp cadenza) have been omitted, as have the last 75 bars of the Coda at the end; it is, however, still the longest piece - you end up playing more than 280 bars!
9”X12” - 12 pages - CD - 21 audio files - $19.95
This book is a companion to the Solo Volume & Play-Along CD (above) and piano accompaniment (below); it is strongly suggested that you practice and play the Solo Volume before trying the duets - if you cannot play the Solo part (with the CD at various speeds), it is very unlikely that you will have any success with the duets.
If used as student/teacher duets, the upper part should be played by the student and the lower part by the teacher - the upper line (melody) is basically the same as the Solo volume part, while the lower line (duet part) is different, and for the most part, more difficult, both technically and because of the fact that there are very few rests; this aspect makes many of the duets extremely difficult to perform with just two players (having two players on each part, especially the lower part, makes a live performance more possible).
Because the duets for DANCE OF THE REEDS and WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS are both 4 pages in length, a separate page is provided to be attached to the volume, to avoid page turns.
These Duets are also compatible with the Solo Part, Audio CD and Piano Accompaniment in the books for Clarinet & Alto Sax.
Book - 14 Pages - $19.95