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Sheet Music: Chinese Dance

TitleChinese Dance
Tea
from The Nutcracker Suite
Alternate titlesDanse Chinoise
Opus numberOp. 71a
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB-flat major
RangeD4–Bb6
Time signature4/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2010-01-23
Last updated2010-01-23
CategoriesBallet excerpts, Dance tunes, Romantic, Show-off pieces

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Saturday 23 January 2010

Tune of the Day: Chinese Dance

from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Chinese Dance in Fantasia

Also known as “Tea” (the favorite Chinese drink), this is one of the most famous dances in The Nutcracker, and one of the six movements from the suite to be featured in the 1940 Disney animation film Fantasia. In that particular part of the film, six red-topped mushrooms shake off the dew, then become wide, coolie-hatted Chinese men with round heads and long robes that are choreographed into a dance. Hop Low, smaller than the rest of the mushrooms, cannot keep up with the steps and routines of the larger mushrooms. He hops back into place just in time to take a final bow.

Other Movements from the same Work

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