Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker Suite)

ByPyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Instrument:Guitar (solo)

Parts:Staff and Tab

Format:Instant Digital Print (PDF)


Level:Intermediate to Advanced

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About This Song

The original “Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a” consisted of eight sections: “Overture”, “Russian Dance”, “Arabian Dance”, “Chinese Dance”, “The Waltz of the Flowers”, “The Dance of the Reed Flutes”, “March of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”–regarded as the most popular Nutcracker song. The Russian Romantic era music of “The Nutcracker” was groundbreaking in its time, introducing the French instrument the celesta, to the classical stage. The celesta is similar in appearance to a piano, but contains metal plates instead of strings. The strings are hit by hammers, producing a very soft, bell-like sound. The very first production of The Nutcracker was held at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892. Ballerina Antoinetta Dell-Era danced as the first Sugar Plum Fairy. Tchaikovsky’s ever present masterpiece will continue to morph giving us reed flutes, mirlitons, and marzipan for years to come.

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