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Tchaikovsky and Ippolitov-Ivanov

I am the conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra [ ] in Romeoville-Joliet, Illinois. Yesterday we gave a performance of the Nutcracker Suite. Today, listening to a recording of Ippolitov-Ivanov's second set of Caucasian Sketches, it occurred to me that the melody of the Berceuse (second movement) is the same as that of the Arabian Dance in Nutcracker. Has anyone else made that connection?

Lawrence Sisk, PhD
Professor of Music
Lewis University
Romeoville, Illinois

Hello, Mr.Sisk,

The melody of the Berceuse, Ippolitov-Ivanov collected and told to close relationship Tchaikovsky, is a Georgian folk song in Caucasus "Sleep, Violet". (Cf. John Warrack, "Tchaikovsky Ballet Music", p. 67-68) By the way, in "Coffee" strings play all with mutes and in next "Tea" they play all in pizzicato.

I hope this "Coffee Break" is helpful.

Kamomeno Iwao

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