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Sheet Music: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

TitleDance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
from The Nutcracker Suite
Alternate titlesDance of the Sugarplum Fairy
Danse de la Fée-Dragée
Opus numberOp. 71a
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyE minor
RangeD4–C7
Time signature2/4
Tempo60 BPM
Performance time1:45
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2009-08-04
Last updated2009-08-04
CategoriesBallet excerpts, Dance tunes, Romantic

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Tuesday 4 August 2009

Tune of the Day: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker is a fairy tale-ballet in two acts, composed in 1891–92. In Western countries, it has become perhaps the most popular of all ballets, performed primarily around Christmas time.

The composer made a selection of eight of the numbers from the ballet, forming The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, intended for concert performance. Among these numbers is the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from Act II, which is particularly noted for its use of a celesta as a solo instrument.

Selections from the Nutcracker Suite were heard in the 1940 Disney animation film Fantasia. In this film, the music from The Nutcracker is accompanied by dancing fairies, mushrooms and fish (while the Nutcracker itself is nowhere in sight).

And of course the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” was featured in the 1990 Christmas film Home Alone with Macaulay Culkin.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Overture Miniature Flute solo
2.March Flute solo
4.Russian Dance Flute solo
5.Arabian Dance Flute solo
6.Chinese Dance Flute solo
7.Dance of the Mirlitons Flute solo
8.Waltz of the Flowers Flute solo