Critical Analysis Of Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy

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For my final exam essay, I have selected to write about Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is an extremely popular piece of music that I feel most people have heard before. This piece is especially popular for Television commercials right now because of Christmas coming up, which is when The Nutcracker is usually performed. The original composer was P.I. Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer during the Romantic period. Tchaikovsky composed eleven operas, three ballets, over one hundred songs, and orchestral music. His three ballets, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker have become some of the most well-known pieces from the Romantic period, and are still widely popular today. The Nutcracker was …show more content…

The celesta has now forever been identified with “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ is the most well-known piece from The Nutcracker. The music starts out very slowly and softly, but gets louder so that the song is crescendo and decrescendo constantly repeating the main melody throughout the piece. The music is both homophonic and polyphonic and has varied dynamic with a lot of expression. Tchaikovsky does a wonderful job of constructing the piece to match the gentle and delicate Sugar Plum Fairy and the dreamlike state of the ballet. The dance that accompanies the piece is one of the most technically challenging dances of the ballet and is always danced by the prima ballerina, principal female dancer. I think the musical piece became as popular it is due to Tchaikovsky using it to introduce the celesta that creates the enchanting, trickling sound of the piece and because the dance to it is very difficult and is often a main feature of the ballet. It is understandable why there are so many transcriptions of it The first transcription of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” that I will be talking about is by William Zeitler. He is one of the few profession players on the glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. He is also a professional pianist, organist, and harpsichordist. Zeitler’s transcription of the piece is played on the glass armonica and

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