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Pas de Deux

By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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String orchestra
Composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Arranged by John O'Neill. Score and parts. 27 pages. Published by Imagine Music - Digital (IZ.OMS1514).

Item Number: IZ.OMS1514

It is typical of many composers of ballet music to include a Pas de Deux (Dance for Two) somewhere in the score. Tchaikovsky, in his Nutcracker Ballet chose to place it before the final waltz to exploit the dramatic nature of this segment shortly before the curtain starts to come down. The original ballet was scored for a huge symphony orchestra with full woodwind, brass, percussion and string sections and the addition of 2 harps. Because of this orchestration, the piece is seldom, if ever heard outside of the complete ballet performance. I have attempted to condense all of the orchestra instruments of the original score in a way that would convey the drama of the piece and yet make it playable for just string players alone.

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