Composed by Camille Saint-Saens. Full Orchestra (Full Score); Larger Works; Masterworks; Performance Music Ensemble. Dover Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Score. Dover Publications #06-404129. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-404129).
ISBN 9780486404127. English.
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.