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Dance of the Mirlitons - Flute Trio

Dance of the Mirlitons
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About This Work

"The Dance of the Mirlitons" is one of the eight original pieces in Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1892 "Nutcracker Suite." The famous melody is also referred to as "The Dance of the Reed Flutes" or "Marzipan." Today the tune appears in commercials and films as well as thousands of annual productions of "The Nutcracker" ballet.

"The Dance of the Mirlitons" is one of the most recognizable pieces of music from the ballet and is usually danced by a small group of 4 to 8 women, or by a trio of two women and one man. Costumes traditionally display either reed-flutes or fruit. Mirliton refers to a pear-shaped vegetable or its vine.

Jim Taylor's arrangement for Flute Trio & Concert Band retains all the charm of Tchaikovsky's original score and the added extended cadenza will offer a showcase for your soloists. Although often performed at Christmas this is ideal for concerts throughout the year and a chance to show off your Flute section with this instantly recognizable melody.

ComposerPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
ArrangerJames W Taylor
CategoryInstrumental Feature
DurationCirca 3 mins 40 secs (With Cadenza)
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 3.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationSolo Flutes 1-2-3
Oboes 1-2
Cor Anglaise
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Horns in F 1-2
Horns in F 3-4
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Double Bass
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.
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Product Code: SM0421

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