About This Song
Arabian Dance guitar sheet music: The Nutcracker is one of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s (1840–1893) most popular compositions. The music belongs to the Romantic Period and contains some of his most memorable melodies. The ballet contains surprisingly advanced harmonies and a wealth of melodic invention that is unsurpassed in ballet music. The “Arabian Dance” (Coffee Dance) is featured in Act II of the ballet and the song’s melody is actually based on a lullaby from the country of Georgia, Russia. Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and choral works. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally.
Arabian Dance guitar sheet music: Mr. Pasero began the transcription from the orchestral score in 1982 and completed the work in 1984, recording it in 1985. It was first released on vinyl records, then cassette tape, CD, and now downloads and streaming.
About the composer:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. He was the first Russian composer whose music would make a lasting impression internationally. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the current classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, the Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, several symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s melodies, stated with eloquence and matched by his inventive use of harmony and orchestration, have always ensured audience appeal. Like other late Romantic composers, Tchaikovsky relied heavily on orchestration for musical effects. Tchaikovsky, however, became noted for the “sensual opulence” and “voluptuous timbrel virtuosity” of his orchestration.
The Nutcracker Suite sheet music: March of the Wooden Soldiers, Dance of the Reed Flutes, Waltz of the Flowers, Russian Dance, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and more.