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Danse macabre, op. 40 (Transcription for Violin and Piano by the Composer)

By Camille Saint-Saens

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Violin, piano
Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Edited by Celine Dreze. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Transcription for Violin and Piano by the Composer. Performance score, Part (1). Opus 40. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA10941. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA10941).

Item Number: BA.BA10941

ISBN 9790006569700. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Preface: Dreze, Celine.

In his symphonic poem"Danse macabre"Saint-Saens takes up a poem by Henri Cazalis that he had already set as an art song. Here the Devil brings the dead to life by playing his violin. Although the orchestral work was given a lukewarm reception in its early performances, or was even rejected, it became highly popular and internationally famous in the years that followed. Of the countless later arrangements and variations (e.g. by Franz Liszt), Saint-Saens' own version for violin and piano stands out as particularly successful.

Celine Dreze's advance edition for a future volume of the"Saint-Saens Complete Edition of the Instrumental Works"is the first modern scholarly edition of this celebrated piece. This Urtext edition draws on the original print of the 1877 version, while eliminating its many misprints and anomalies on the basis of the autograph.

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