Christmas Song of the Day 2020: part 6

Christmas Song of the Day: Faeries by Mannheim Steamroller

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Today’s song is another Mannheim Steamroller remix. Faeries is, of course, based on Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Amazingly, this arrangement keeps nearly the exact original melody and a lot of the original accompaniment, while putting a unique Steamroller spin on it: instead of pairing the celesta with orchestral instruments, it features (what sounds like) a glockenspiel in a very high register paired with a bass guitar in a low one. The contrast between extreme high and low pitches gives this song a spectacular and unique feel.

With this one in particular, I highly recommend listening to the full song if you can. The 30-second preview from Spotify doesn’t do it justice.