Sheet Music: Spanish Dance

TitleSpanish Dance
from The Nutcracker
Opus numberOp. 71
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE-flat major
Time signature3/4
Tempo69 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-10-27
Last updated2010-10-27
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Wednesday 27 October 2010

Tune of the Day: Spanish Dance

from “The Nutcracker” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

This is one of the characteristic dances that show up in the second act of The Nutcracker, when Clara and the Prince arrive at the Kingdom of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Fairy and the people of the Kingdom perform several dances for Clara and the Prince, including a “Spanish Dance” that is sometimes called “Chocolate”.

Unlike other characteristic pieces like the Russian (Trepak), Chinese (Tea) or Arabian (Coffee) dances, the Spanish Dance was not later included by Tchaikovsky in The Nutcracker Suite, which was intended for concert performance.

Thanks to Julie for suggesting this piece!

Other Movements from the same Work

Final Waltz and Apotheosis Flute solo
Journey Through the Snow Flute solo
Mother Gigogne Flute solo
Pas de deux Flute solo
Tarantella Flute solo