Danse Macabre (Symphonic Poem). Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Arranged by Gerhart Drijvers. For Concert Band and optional solo Violin. Grade 5. Score. Duration 7:00. Published by Baton Music (BF.BM103-SCORE).
For the Danse Macabre, Saint-Saens turned to the !Dance of the Death!, which appears in various versions in the Art of the later Middle Ages. Saint-Saens evokes (using the xylophone) the midnight cavorting of skeletons in a churchyard, interrupted by the first crowing of the cock announcing the dawn.