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Thumbelina (Ballet Suite)
for Orchestra

Composer: Pavlova, Alla

  • 28120010

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Ballet Suite in 5 movements (revised version)

Instrumentation: 3222; 4331; timp, perc, hp, pno; stgs
Duration: 24'
Composed: 2008
Published by: Alla Pavlova Music

Although it maintains the charm of the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, Alla Pavlova's Thumbelina is a considerable musical, visual and narrative expansion of the story to make it suitable as a full-length ballet and family-programming alternative to The Nutcracker.

Musically, it is scored for full symphony orchestra ([3,2,2,2]-[4,3,3,1]-[timp.,perc.]-[Hp]-[Strings], Percussion: Bass dr., Snare dr., Wooden Block, Tambourine, Triangle, Glock., Vibraphone, Celesta) and contains not only many beautiful, lyrical and moving waltzes and other “classical” themes, but also rhythms such as tango, boogie-woogie and ragtime.

Narratively, the story has been adapted to include a varied and colorful cast of characters.

The Thumbelina Suite (which has been recorded by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra for Naxos) can be heard at or by clicking on the image below.

She has created a synopsis of the ballet, which is of course based on the Andersen fairy tale. We’ll gladly send this synopsis on request.

Recording: 21st Century Classics – Naxos 8.579003

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