English Language Connection: The poetry of Lydia Marie Child, 1844 comes to life with the lively music arrangement and pictures of people traveling by sleigh in different locations in America.
Once upon a time, travel through snow meant having horses pulling a sleigh with people bundled up to keep warm in the winter weather.How did the ancestors in your family travel to get to family gatherings?
A timeless classic, an old fairy tale put to the music composed by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. The fairytale is narrated with an orchestral background.
Tchaikovsky explored the ideas of many different countries in this music. The Chocolate representing Spain, the Coffee in The Arabian Dance, The Tea in The Chinese Dance, and the Trepak in The Russian Dance.
When you have the time; listen and watch the additional dances of the ballet to see how Tchaikovsky pulled many nationalities in this orchestration.
From the land of Russia comes the Bolshoi Ballet with Nina Kaptsova in a solo ballet in The Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy.
The celeste, heard throughout this piece was an instrument that fascinated Tchaikovsky who wanted to be the first composer to write music that would focus on the sounds it produced.
Get those pencils out to play along with the fabulous Sammy Foster in this great video using the music of The Trans Siberian Orchestra.
The Trans Siberian Orchestra plays a wonderful version of the old folk song, Carol of the Bells!
Enjoy this & send a short video clip if you would like!
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