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Danse Macabre

By Camille Saint-Saens

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Concert band - Grade 4.5
Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Arranged by Giancarlo Gazzani. Classical, Transcription. Score and set of parts. Duration 7:50. Published by Scomegna Edizioni Musical srl (S4.ESB1039).

Item Number: S4.ESB1039

Originally composed as a chanson for voice and piano and than transcribed for orchestra, the Danse Macabre Op. 40 is a short symphonic poem composed by Camille Saint-Saens in 1874. Among the various possible sources of inspiration, Camille Saint-Saens chose a poem by Henri Cazalis, who wrote a grotesque parody of Goethe's famous ballad on the same theme. In his version, Cazalis portrayed death playing an out of tune violin in a cemetery. In his composition, Saint-Saens does not follow stereotypical demonic musical suggestions; instead he draws on Cazalis's original reading of the topic and attempts to convey its characteristic traits through a spirited and witty instrumentation.

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