*I've got a new playlist on Youtube for all my Classical Pieces of the Week! You can check it out here!*
I went to watch The Nutcracker last year, and I must say, I wish I had appreciated it just a little more, because I do realize now just how fantastic the whole ballet- and the music, was!
One of the pieces I particularly liked was the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by (evidently) Pyotr Tchaikovsky. It has got a really mysterious, yet gorgeous feeling to it, and the dance number that goes with it is absolutely stunning.
This piece features a celesta (a cross between a piano and a glockenspiel) and a harp. Both add a great sense of eeriness to this piece, yet it still maintains the Christmas-y feel that this piece emits.
If you intend on watching the video, you must certainly also watch the ballet. I know that I am no expert in anything to do with ballet, but the dancer in the video just moves with such grace and finesse!
If you'd prefer a version without any clapping and stuff, I'd recommend this video.