Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Released 1892-12-18
Title Origin Official

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is a famous instrumental from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker. The instrumental features a new, at the time, and rare keyboard instrument, the celesta (which means "heavenly" in French). Tchaikovsky wrote Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy specifically for the celesta in order to be the first composer to use it.

Games

Dance Aerobics (NES)

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Dance Aerobics (NES)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1987-02-26
Format NSF


Tetris (NES)

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Tetris (NES)
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Output - NES.svg
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Arranger Hirokazu Tanaka
Released 1989-11-??
Length 0:55, 0:27
Format NSF

Music 1 is Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Licensed NES game. Under normal circumstances, the song plays at its regular tempo, however, when you get dangerously close to the top, the song plays from 150 BPM to 300 BPM. Interestingly, the song does not play in the original key of E minor, but instead plays 3 steps down in C# minor.

Weird Dreams (AMI)

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Weird Dreams (AMI)
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Arranger David Whittaker
Released 1989-??-??
Length 0:36
Format DW

Plays while the player, Steve, is trying to sneak past the ballet dancer. If he tries to pass her while she's spinning, she'll kick him off screen.


Weird Dreams (AST)

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Weird Dreams (AST)
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Arranger David Whittaker
Released 1989-??-??
Length 0:36
Format SNDH

Plays while the player, Steve, is trying to sneak past the ballet dancer. If he tries to pass her while she's spinning, she'll kick him off screen.


Weird Dreams (C64)

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Weird Dreams (C64)
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Arranger Barry Leitch
Released 1989-??-??
Length 0:15
Format SID

Plays while the player, Steve, is trying to sneak past the ballet dancer. If he tries to pass her while she's spinning, she'll kick him off screen.


Weird Dreams (DOS)

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Weird Dreams (DOS)
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Arranger Barry Leitch
Released 1990-??-??
Length 0:24
Format MUS (AdLib)

Plays while the player, Steve, is trying to sneak past the ballet dancer. If he tries to pass her while she's spinning, she'll kick him off screen.


Home Alone (SNES)

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Home Alone (SNES)
Arranger Mark Van Hecke
Released 1991-12-??
Format SPC

The song plays in various parts of the game, but is first heard during the opening cutscene after the player starts the game.


Sound Blaster Pro (DOS)

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Sound Blaster Pro (DOS)
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Arranger Voyetra Technologies
Released 1991-??-??
Length 1:46.85
Format MIDI

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is used as the background music of the Multimedia Player demo that comes with the software. Since all the other new songs that came with the Sound Blaster Pro came from the MusiClips library, it is assumed that this song also came from the library and was converted to a CMF file, though this has not been verified.

The song is named FAIRY.CMF and is located in the MMPLAY folder.

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