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Sheet Music: Waltz of the Flowers

TitleWaltz of the Flowers
from The Nutcracker Suite
Alternate titlesValse des fleurs
Opus numberOp. 71a
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeD4–E6
Time signature3/4
Tempo60 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-06-04
Last updated2010-06-04
CategoriesBallet excerpts, Romantic

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Friday 4 June 2010

Tune of the Day: Waltz of the Flowers

from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The lilting Waltz of the Flowers originally appeared in Act II of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet The Nutcracker, when Clara and the Prince arrive at the Kingdom of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. It was later also arranged as the grand finale of the suite derived from the ballet.

Like some other characteristic dances of the ballet, this piece was featured in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia, in which the change of seasons from fall to winter is beautifully illustrated by the dances of the Autumn Fairies, the Frost Fairies and the Snow Fairies.

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
6.Chinese Dance Flute solo
7.Dance of the Mirlitons Flute solo