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Allianz, in collaboration with our longstanding partner Lang Lang International Music Foundation®, invites you to explore something emotional, personal, and truly global: music. Music has the power to unite and transform. Now we’d like you to help us bring the power and wonder of classical music to future generations.
Originally scored by Tchaikovsky, the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is one of The Nutcracker’s most famous musical numbers. As the ruler of the Land of Sweets, the Sugar Plum Fairy welcomes the Nutcracker Prince and his love, Clara, to her land and orders the festivities to begin. In using a celesta to create a sound reminiscent of "drops of water shooting from a fountain,” Tchaikovsky conceived the signature sound of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s legendary dance.Download Composition
This instantly recognizable piece of music has been used in hundreds of television shows and films. From Disney cartoons to Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange, Rossini’s “William Tell” overture has accompanied everything from the dramatic, to the comic, to the absurd. The overture consists of four parts and goes on for 12 minutes. From ‘Dawn’ to ‘Storm’ to ‘Call to the Cows’ it paints a musical picture of the Swiss Alps, concluding with the victory of the Swiss freedom fighters over their Austrian oppressors.Download Composition
The symphonic poem, “Night on a Bald Mountain” takes its inspiration from a story by the well-known Russian writer, Nicola Gogol. Mussorgsky offers his own brief description of the story, written above the score: “Gathering Witches, their gossip and chitchat; The Procession of Satan; Pagan Worship of Satan and Witches Sabbath.” This transcription by Tohru Takahasi remains true to the orchestral original.Download Composition
Brought to Spain by sailors, the habanera is a genre of Cuban pop dance music of the 19th century. This aria is sometimes also referred to as "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle," ("love is a rebellious bird"). Its score was adapted from the habanera "El Arreglito," a popular number in the cabarets of the day. Bizet originally thought it was a folk song, only to discover later that it was a more recently-penned ditty by Basque composer Sebastian de Yradier, who had died only ten years earlier. Bizet eventially added a note to the vocal score of Carmen, acknowledging its source.Download Composition
The Planets is an orchestral suite in seven movements, with “Mars, the Bringer of War” set as the first one. Composed by Holst in anticipation of the outbreak of World War I, this is an unusual march, with 5 beats per bar (normally a march has 4 beats per bar, so you can say "left, right, left, right"). As such, it remains quite tricky to march to!Download Composition
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