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Duke Ellington抯 Nutcracker Suite

by Anna Harwell Celenza
Illustrated by Don Tate

Published by Charlesbridge, 2011
32 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢴓70917004

Ages 6-9

Composer Billy Strayhorn takes center stage alongside jazz legend Duke Ellington in this dynamic picture book account of the composition and recording of their re-imagined Nutcracker Suite. Strayhorn originated the concept and worked with ideas he and Duke generated together as he wrote. ... don抰 forget our cats on bass and drums, said Duke. 慣hey抣l keep the pulse of our Nutcracker jumpin. Once the music was composed, Duke and Strayhorn still had work to do convincing the musicians in Duke抯 band that this new Nutcracker would jive. Movement by movement, they succeeded, creating music 揵eyond category as the barriers between classical and jazz dissolved. Anna Harwell Celenza takes readers on a lively and fascinating musical journey in a picture book account set against Don Tate抯 expressive illustrations that are filled with energy and movement. Harwell, a musicologist, provides an author抯 note making clear that much of the actual dialogue in her account is made up, citing sources for the overall sensibility she sought to capture in this work that comes with a CD.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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