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Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite Hardcover – July 1, 2011

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About the Author

Anna Harwell Celenza is a musicologist and the author of several books for adults and children regarding music history and the history of art. Her children’s books include THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY, PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, GERSHWIN'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE, and VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS. Anna lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; Rei/Com edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570917000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570917004
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University. She is the author of several scholarly books - the most recent being Hans Christian Andersen and Music: The Nightingale Revealed (2005). In addition to her scholarly work, she has authored a series of award-winning children's books with Charlesbridge Publishing: The Farewell Symphony (2000), Pictures at an Exhibition (2003), The Heroic Symphony (2004), Bach's Goldberg Variations (2005), Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (2006), Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite (2011), Vivaldi's Four Seasons (2012) and Saint Saen's Danse macabre (2013). Her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including NPR's "Performance Today," the BBC's "Music Matters" and "Proms Broadcasts," and C-Span's "Book-TV".

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By an opera and callas fan on February 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
One of the best things about Christmas time is the opportunity to listen to the great Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky as interpreted by The Duke Ellington Orchestra with the remarkable arrangements by Billy Strayhorn. This wonderful book is for children and adults of all ages who appreciate the cultural heritage and treasure that constitutes The Duke Ellington Orchestra. I highly recommend the hardcover copy of the book so that you obtain the CD that is included. Duke, Billy and the band never sounded better! The author of this marvelous book captures the era, the personalities of the composers and arrangers, and the perplexed musicians who were challenged to interpret a well-known classical masterpiece. At first the musicians were resistive to trying something out of their 'comfort zone.' The author describes how Billy Strayhorn won them over and convinced them that they would have a good time with the new interpretation: Dance of the Reed-Pipes becomes "Toot Toot Tootie Toot" for example and Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy is entitled "Sugar Rum Cherry." Anna Harwell Celenza acknowledges that her descriptions of the whole process is indebted to David Hajdu's biography of Billy Strayhorn "Lush Life" (North Point Press 1996) as well as her own imagination for the studio dates. She appears to get the "tone" of the personalities involved just right and makes the whole endeavor memorable as well as enjoyable. Special mention must be given to the remarkable illustrations by the gifted artist, Don Tate, who reproduces the studio sessions and the music with verve, color and lots of imagination. His renditions of the musicians involved is both accurate and insightful. This book is a joy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Adams on February 21, 2014
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This is a great book for an introduction to Duke Ellington for kids. It also opens the possibility for a lesson on comparing Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker to Duke Ellingtons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Classic_Mom_Md on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Another in Celenza's fabulous series on famous composers and their works. We own the whole set. A wonderful classroom or family resource.
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Beautiful illustrations but I was really disappointed by the text. I had to really paraphrase for my 4 year old to get the idea. I don't really think my older nephews would have appreciated the text either, as nothing really happens until they get to the studio to record...But he loved the idea of doing something differently, and I think I've finally changed his mind about jazz!! Served its purpose.
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