Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite

Written by Anna Harwell Celenza and Illustrated by Don Tate

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 members 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.

Age Range 6 - 9 years
Genre
Copyright Year
Page Count
32
Publisher
Charlesbridge
Grade Level 1st - 4th
ISBN
9781570917004
Lexile 620L