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Dance Of the Sugar Plum Fairy

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Yon Tsiu

on 23 May 2014

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Transcript of Dance Of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Listening Assignment:
Dance Of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Dynamics
The song constantly crescendos and decrescendos (mezzo forte to fortissimo)
Rhythm & Tempo
In 2/4 time
Simple Meter

60 BPM
Andante Non Troppo
at a walking tempo, but not much
Melody
Very conjunct with occasional leap
Main melody repeats
Originally composed for celesta, but was arranged for strings and woodwinds
Composed with a very chromatic melody line
Pyotr Ilyich
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky was born May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Viatka district, Russia.
He began to take piano lessons at four-years-old. He showed remarkable talent and soon surpassed even his teacher’s abilities.
When he was ten, Tchaikovsky was sent to St. Petersburg to study at the School of Jurisprudence
He was married two times, and tried committing suicide during the first marriage
By 1877, Tchaikovsky was an established composer
Tchaikovsky died on November 6, 1893, in St. Petersburg, Russia
One of the most influential composers for ballet
Annie Tsiu
Harmony
Texture
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Background
Harmony repeats itself along with the melody
Oboe, Cor anglais, Clarinet, Bass clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and strings carry the harmony at least once throughout the piece
homophonic piece
melody with accompaniment
instruments of the piece work together to create a pleasing sound
The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is a part of the ballet The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker was composed in 1891-1892.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is in the second act of The Nutcracker play.
It is now used during Christmas time in commercials, and advertisements on TV and radio.
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