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Sheet Music: Russian Dance

TitleRussian Dance
Trepak
from The Nutcracker Suite
Alternate titlesDanse Russe
Opus numberOp. 71a
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeB3–G6
Time signature2/4
Tempo152 BPM
Performance time1:00
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2009-08-10
Last updated2009-08-10
CategoriesBallet excerpts, Dance tunes, Romantic, Show-off pieces

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Monday 10 August 2009

Tune of the Day: Russian Dance

“Trepak” from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky

The “Trepak” is certainly one of the most distinguished and celebrated dances in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker. One of several consecutive ethnic dances in the ballet, it is based on the traditional Ukrainian folk dance known in Ukrainian as the Tropak. This is a bravura dance in 2/4 time performed exclusively by men, featuring deep squats and split leaps.

The “Trepak”, which often also goes under the name “Russian Dance”, constitutes an excellent example of Tchaikovsky's work, flush with his common use of Russian and Ukrainian folk melodies.

The tune is used in the celebrated Disney film Fantasia, when flowers take the place of the Cossack dancers, thistles resembling men in fur hats and orchids as women with bonnets. Disney also used the tune in the Care Bears show.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Overture Miniature Flute solo
2.March Flute solo
3.Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Flute & Piano
5.Arabian Dance Flute solo
6.Chinese Dance Flute solo
7.Dance of the Mirlitons Flute solo
8.Waltz of the Flowers Flute solo