Nutcracker Studies Advanced Etudes Volume I
Composer: Iles, Sandy Kipp
Nutcracker Studies Arranged, By Sandy Kipp Iles, Published By Iles Music.
Sandy Kipp Iles’ The Nutcracker Studies allows flutists to play and perform sixteen solo versions of dances and scenes from Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Each etude explores various aspects of fundamental technique such as single, double and triple tonguing, finger dexterity, embouchure flexibility, control of dynamics, use of alternate fingerings, and more.
If you are fortunate enough to perform The Nutcracker, these studies will help you stay in shape during the year. If you haven’t played the ballet, but hope to, these studies will help you prepare for the first time. And even if you have no plans to ever perform the complete ballet, these etudes will allow you to play and enjoy Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music as a soloist.
“How can we flutists infuse our playing with magic and delight? This treasure of a collection gives us the answer. It is organic, beautifully presented, and brimming with helpful ideas both technical and musical. Highly recommended!
~ Paula Robison, Donna Hieken Flute Chair, New England Conservatory
“What a fantastic book! This collection of wonderful arrangements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker make practicing a joy! Not only does Sandy tell the story of The Nutcracker through her prose, but she shows flutists how to use these studies in order to practice several specific techniques. On top of that, the individual ‘etudes’ are worthy of performance pieces! I highly recommend this book for any flute player!!”
~ Catherine Karoly, Associate Principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic