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Sheet Music: March

TitleMarch
from The Nutcracker Suite
Alternate titlesMarche
March of the Nutcracker
Opus numberOp. 71a
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeC4–G6
Time signature4/4
Tempo128 BPM
Performance time2:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-10-28
Last updated2009-10-28
CategoriesBallet excerpts, Marches, Romantic

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Wednesday 28 October 2009

Tune of the Day: The Nutcracker March

from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

This march is one of the most famous melodies of the ballet. The piece is simply called “March”, or “Marche” in French. However, instead of calling it, “The March from The Nutcracker”, most take the more direct route of saying, “The Nutcracker March”, or even “The March of the Nutcracker”.

Those vaguely familiar with the story of The Nutcracker may be surprised to learn that this is not actually a dance performed by the Nutcracker as he leads the toy soldiers to victory over the Mouse King. Instead, the march appears early in the first act, played during the lively party scene, which includes plenty of dancing, games and merriment. The cheerful rhythm of the piece helps to create a feeling of celebration among the holiday partygoers.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Overture Miniature Flute solo
3.Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Flute & Piano
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