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Carnival of the Animals

By Camille Saint-Saens

Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Full Orchestra (Full Score); Larger Works; Masterworks. Dover Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Full Score.

Item Number: AP.6-404129

ISBN 0486404129. Masterwork; Romantic.

Written in 1886 for a Mardi Gras celebration, Saint-Saëns' best-known work consists of 14 pieces scored for flute/piccolo, clarinet, glass harmonica (tuned glass bowls), xylophone, two pianos, and strings. Playfully borrowing themes from other works---including his own---the composer paints delightful musical portraits of a lion, chickens, turtles, an elephant, kangaroos, and the immensely popular swan.

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  • May 29, 2003 First-class edition

    A marvelous reprint of the authoritive 1922 Durand first edition, with excellent introductory information and english translations accompaning the original French. In my opinion, this is the best score currently available of Saint-Saens' famous musical romp.

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