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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

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Erica Chia

on 20 February 2014

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Transcript of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Background Info (Again)
May 7, 1840-November 6, 1893
Composed symphonies, concertos, ballets, operas, and chamber music
Some famous works include The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, First Piano Concerto, and Violin Concerto.
Emotional range from salon works to symphonies of great work and power.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
For the Nutcracker ballet
Main character, Clara, has a nutcracker that turns into a prince. They go back to the land of sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and they celebrate the prince's return.
Tchaikovsky had very specfic instructions when writing the score down to tempo and number of measures.
Analysis
Instrumentation: various woodwind and brass instruments (flute, clarinet, oboe, horn) and string instruments. Introduced new instrument, celesta, which looked like a piano and sounded like bells. (tried to keep secret from Russians)
Ternary Form
Wanted to give the effect of water drops shooting from a fountain
In the beginning, melody line is played by the celesta and is the main motif
Analysis Cont.
Begins with soft plucking of strings and builds with the addition of other instruments.
Many crescendos and decresendos.
Piece features many accidentals.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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