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Saint-Saens : Carnaval des animaux

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The Carnaval des Animaux [Carnival of the Animals] by Camille Saint-Saëns is a musical suite of fourteen movements depicting various animals.

This orchestral work has a duration between 22 and 30 minutes.

The Carnaval des Animaux was composed in February 1886 while Saint-Saëns was vacationing in a small Austrian village.

Saint-Saëns, apparently concerned that the piece was too frivolous and likely to harm his reputation as a serious composer, suppressed performances of it and only allowed one movement, Le cygne, to be published in his lifetime, in 1887.

He did, however, include a provision which allowed the suite to be published after his death.

The Carnaval des animaux was thus first published in 1922, and first performed on February 26, 1922.

It has since become one of Saint-Saëns' most popular works.

Details about Saint-Saens : Carnaval des animaux

Title : Le Carnaval des animaux
Subtitle : The Carnival of the Animals
Composer : Saint-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921)
Catalog :
Style : Romantic
Composed/published : 1886
Original instrumentation : Orchestra

Sources : Camille Saint-Saëns, Le Carnaval des animaux, 1886 (1922).

Sheet music associated with Saint-Saens : Carnaval des animaux

CatalogueTitleKeyInstrumentation
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   E flat MajorDescant recorder and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   A flat MajorTreble recorder and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   F MajorOboe and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   F MajorTenor saxophone and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   G MajorViolin and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   G MajorViola and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   G MajorFlute and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   C MajorClarinet in Bb and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   G MajorCello and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   C MajorTrumpet in Bb and piano
Carnaval des animaux Le Cygne   G MajorAlto saxophone and piano


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