Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite [With CD (Audio)]

Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite [With CD (Audio)]

By Anna Harwell Celenza; Don Tate (Illustrator)

Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781570917004, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 2011


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.

About the Author
ANNA HARWELL CELENZA received her Ph.D. in musicology from Duke University and is currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University. She is the author of "The Farewell Symphony, Pictures at an Exhibition, and "The Heroic Symphony. Anna lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Don Tate has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for his book "It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw" (Lee & Low Books). Visit his website at www.dontate.com.

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