About This Song
This is one of Tchaikovsky’s characteristic dances which highlight the second act of The Nutcracker (when Clara and the Prince arrive at the Kingdom of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy). The Fairy and the people of the Kingdom perform several dances for Clara and the Prince, including a “Spanish Dance” that is sometimes called the “Chocolate” dance. This allegro brillante waltz is transcribed in D major for two guitars. Guitarists will enjoy performing this arrangement, and audiences will appreciate the work as the song had not been arranged for the guitar repertoire. Mr. Pasero’s transcription is the first adaptation for the guitar repertoire. He 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. This is one of Stevan’s favorites, and he performed it in concert with other guitarists such as Tuck Andress and Fred Clarke.