Nutcracker Sweets, opus 56

featuring the music of:
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite

as arranged by Neal Corwell

Instrumentation: euphonium solo with concert band, or solo with piano,
or solo with brass band (the brass band version is slightly shorter)
Copyright: 2010
Duration: 9:30 (each of separate section ca. 2 minutes in length*)
or 7:30 for the brass band accompanied version
Range: FF to f-2 (reduced range of F to c-2 with optional ossias & cuts)
Difficulty: V
: Nicolai Music
Price: $15 for Piano accompaniment version
$55 for Concert Band or Brass Band versions (score & parts)
Other Info: Concert Band version premiered December, 2010 with Neal Corwell as soloist, accompanied by the Hagerstown Municipal Band, Lynn Lerew conducting, in Clear Spring, Maryland. The piano accompanied version was completed December, 2011.


Nutcracker Sweets is an arrangement for soloist of five of the most popular movements from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet Suite. The movements included are: Overture, Waltz of the Flowers, March, Arabian Dance, and Trepak. After a brief introduction, the dances are presented, one-by-one, with brief transitional passages linking all together to form a continuous, but not disjointed, whole. If one wishes, these transitions can be omitted, and any of the five sections of the piece may be performed separately*. Yet another performance option is to begin at the start of Waltz of the Flowers, or any of the subsequent dances, and play through as written to the end.

Dr. Corwell originally conceived the work as a solo with concert band, and in 2016 he created a version for brass band accompaniment. A piano accompanied version has also been created so that those without an ensemble at their disposal may also perform the piece. All three versions are now available for purchase.

*If you would like to select different movements to perform independently, the following are your start and ending points:
Overture: Bar 17 to 56
Waltz: Bar 88 to downbeat of Bar 187
(or, optionally, Bar 69 to downbeat of 187)
March: Bar 191 to 246
Arabian Dance: Bar 153 to downbeat of 334
Trepak: Bar 340 to the end.
click here for Nutcracker Sweets Excerpts pdf
Nutcracker Excerpts page 1
Nutcracker Excerpts page 2