The “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as part of his ballet, “The Nutcracker.” It was premiered at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1892. It had only modest success at first, but has since become deeply woven into the fabric of music and dance, in addition to appearances in animation, video games, and a host of other media. The New York City Ballet produced George Balanchine’s staged reinterpretation in 1954 and has done so for every Christmas season since, to houses packed particularly with parents bringing their children to see the grand two-hour spectacle.
Master composer and conductor, John Williams, wrote the score for the first three of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter films. “Hedwig’s Theme,” (and more specifically the section called, “Hedwig’s Flight”) has become synonymous with the magical world the movies portray. Although its title refers to a notable white owl, Williams’ leitmotif is not used for this character exclusively. Instead, it represents the concept of magic and mystery more universally, and Williams composed it specifically so.