Tchaikovsky’s ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’  performed on Glass harp by Robert Tiso

Amazing sound, absolutely beautiful! Tiso plays ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ on wine glasses filled with water. The instrument is called a cristallofono or crystal glass harp and is played with the fingers. Wow! Enjoy some Holiday magic!

sugarplumfairies_johnaardemaDance of the Sugar Plum Fairy comes from the Holiday classic ballet called The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker was written in 1892 by the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. You can read more about Tchaikovsky at the Classical Archives.

The sweet illustration of Sugar Plum Fairies dancing (right) is by John Aardema of Woodridge, IL a children’s book illustrator. You can see more of his works at

Have a sweet day filled with Delight!


robert tiso Robert Tiso, born 1968 in London, England is a master of the cristallofono (crystal glasses in played with the fingers). He currently resides in Bologna, Italy and travels worldwide giving concerts. The cristallofono was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Few know how to play the it, but through perseverance Robert learned and eventually mastered the art. You can listen to more music videos on youtube roberttiso or myspace cristallofonia.

~Bonnee Klein Gilligan

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