The Nutcracker Act II – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

December 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm 4 comments


The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy



celesta keys strike


dainty pink pointes enamor


a charming classic



The celesta, an instrument invented in 1886, gets its name for its “celestial,” tinkling sound.  It provides the distinctive music that accompanies the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It is a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard.  Tchaikovsky is considered to be the first major composer to utilize the celesta in a musical composition – his Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is the most well-known. (For the music buffs in the audience, Tchaikovsky first used the instrument in a symphonic poem – The Voyevoda in 1891 – The Nutcracker was written in 1892.)

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Karin  |  December 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed your posts about The Nutcracker. It was the first ballet I saw after beginning my dance lessons and so beautiful that I couldn’t wait to be one of those ballerinas. “Polichinelles” makes these old bones crave pointes and rosin 🙂

    • 2. words4jp  |  December 22, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I am happy you have enjoyed these pieces. I enjoyed writing them – my old bones and rickety joints always crave rosin and blisters and leg warmers and the smell of hairspray…. i believe it absorbed into my DNA!

      • 3. Karin  |  December 23, 2014 at 12:02 am

        You can take the girl out of the tutu… ;-).

      • 4. words4jp  |  December 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

        actually…i have a few at home…….:)

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