Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky : Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker
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About 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker '
||Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (biography)|
|Born:||May 7, 1840
|Died:||November 6, 1893
, St. Petersburg
|The Artist:||Popular Romantic composer of 6 symphones and some of the world' most performed ballets including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.|
|Composition Info:||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.