John Stubbs, 68, a violinist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and music director of the California Ballet Company, discovered in the archives of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s manuscripts that a small transcription error had crept into the “Nutcracker” score. , the emblematic post-romantic work of the Russian composer. It went unnoticed for more than a century.
Some measures from the Tea theme – commonly called the “Chinese Dance” – in Act II were originally composed for two flutes and not for one and a piccolo, as it is performed today.
“It’s been under our noses for more than 100 years,” the musician told the San Diego Union-Tribune after publishing his discovery on the study group’s Tchaikovsky Research website. The detail takes into account a few seconds of “Chinese Dance” and is almost undetectable when listened to.
For John Stubbs, it is obvious that every work should be interpreted as faithfully as possible, as the artist created it. In the case of “Chinese Dance”, if the change of instruments does not upset the piece too much, the section would have a different tone.
“Piccolo adds this clarity we’re used to. Two flutes would make it darker,” historian Betsy Schwarm told the San Diego Union-Tribune. The California Ballet Company – led by John Stubbs – should perform this more authentic version of the opera now and until the end of the year, if sanitary conditions allow. (Source: News.ro)
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