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Gifts

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: A gift with a bite.

This ballet begins with the most wonderful thing in the world: presents! Family and friends arrive bearing season’s greetings and ready to party. During the festivities, a mysterious guest arrives with his own bag of gifts for the children. The toy given to the little girl gets repaired after her brother breaks it, and she and this famous toy will embark on a strange and fantastic adventure.

Music Heard On This Episode

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Witches' Sabbath; Ride on the Devil's Back
Slovak Phil Orch/Michael Halasz — The Nutcracker; Christmas Eve Suite (Naxos, 2001)
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Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Witches' Sabbath; Ride on the Devil's Back
Slovak Phil Orch/Michael Halasz — The Nutcracker; Christmas Eve Suite (Naxos, 2001)
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Claude Debussy: Serenade for the doll; Little Shepherd; Golliwog's Cakewalk
Simon Trpceski — Images; Arabesques; Children's Corner; Clair de Lune; L'Isle Joyeuse (EMI Classics, 2008)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Ricercare in 6 voices
Musica Antiqua Koln — Musical Offering (Eloquence, 2000)
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Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Atlanta Symphony Orch/Louis Lane — Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Fanfare for the Common Man (Telarc, 1990)
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James Francis McHugh: I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra — I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Mocking Bird, 2011)
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Charles Ives: Washington's Birthday
Chicago Symphony Orch/Michael Tilson Thomas — Holidays Symphony (Sony, 1990)
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John Henry Hopkins: We Three Kings
Robert Shaw Chorale — A Festival Of Carols (RCA, 1990)
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George M Cohan: Give My Regards to Broadway
Dean Regan — Give My Regards to Broadway (CDBY, 2011)
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Ralph Vaughan Williams: The House of Life: Love's Last Gift
Roderick Williams, bar/Ian Burnside, p — Songs of Travel (Naxos, 2005)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Arrival of Drosselmeyer; Dance of the Grandfathers
Dallas Brass — Dallas Brass Nutcracker (CDBY, 2011)
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Irving Berlin: Give me your tired, your poor
André Kostelanetz Orchestra — Music of Irving Berlin (Collectables, 2000)
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Pavel Chesnokov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: The Greed
Moscow Church Choir — Serene Ecstasy (Delos Records, 2000)
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ABBA: Gimee! Gimme! Gimme!
ABBA — Gold: Greatest Hits (Polydor / Umgd, 1993)
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