The Carnival of the Animals (Le Carnaval des Animaux)

The Carnival of the Animals (Le Carnaval des Animaux)

By Camille Saint Saens / arr. Clinton Nieweg and Nancy Bradburd Item: 36-A829901

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Following a disastrous concert tour of Germany in 1885-86, Saint-Saëns withdrew to a small Austrian village, where he composed The Carnival of the Animals in February 1886. It is scored for two pianos, two violins, viola, cello, double bass, flute (and piccolo), clarinet (C and B?), glass harmonica, and xylophone. From the beginning, the composer regarded the work as a piece of fun. He wrote to his publishers Durand in Paris that he was composing a work for the coming Shrove Tuesday, and confessing that he knew he should be working on his Third Symphony, but that this work was "such fun" ("... mais c'est si amusant!"). He had apparently intended to write the work for his students at the École Niedermeyer, but it was first performed at a private concert given by the cellist Charles Lebouc on Shrove Tuesday, 9 March 1886.

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Composed by: Camille Saint Saens
Arranged by: Clinton Nieweg, Nancy Bradburd
Instrument: Score
Format: Score
Instrumentation: Large Chamber Ensemble (fl (d picc), cl - glock, xyl, str, solo pianos (2) in set)
Item Number: 36-A829901
ISBN 10: 1-58-106852-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-58-106852-8
UPC: 654690647610

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