The Sugar Plum Fairy is a character in the ballet The Nutcracker. This ballet was first presented in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892. The Sugar Plum Fairy only dances in Act 2 of the ballet. She is the ruler of the Land of Sweets. She welcomes the Nutcracker Prince and his love Clara to her land and orders the festivities.
Tchaikovsky used the celesta to sound like "drops of water shooting from a fountain". The instrument is forever identified with the Sugar Plum Fairy. The "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is one of the ballet's best known musical numbers.
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Intermediate Level: Recommended for Intermediate Level players
Nutcracker Suite "(Piano Solo). By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Arranged by Granville Bantock. For Piano Solo. Music Sales America. Ballet, Classical. 32 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV915755. Published by Novello & Co Ltd."
New Dance for the Sugar Plum Fairy By Amy Engelhardt and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Arranged by Michele Weir. For SATB choir unaccompanied (SATB A Cappella). Shawnee Press. Choral. 8 pages. Shawnee Press #A2300. Published by Shawnee Press