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Havanaise in E major Op. 83


By Camille Saint-Saens

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Violin solo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings
Urtext. Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Edited by Christiane Strucken-Paland. Orchester-Bibliothek (Orchestral Library). Individual part. Breitkopf and Haertel #OB-15136-15. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.OB-15136-15).

Item Number: BR.OB-15136-15

ISBN 979-0-004-34129-2. 10 x 12.5 in inches.

In Cooperation with Henle Verlag

The study scores (,,Studien-Editionen) remain within the G. Henle Verlag and can be ordered there.

The Havanaise possibly has its roots in the friendship of the composer with the Cuban-born violinist Rafael Diaz Albertini. It is thus perfectly plausible that Saint-Saens borrowed the Cuban syncopated slow dance Habanera out of kindness towards his performance partner when he was getting ready to write a work for Diaz Albertini in 1887. Saint-Saens originally wrote a version for violin and piano, which was later followed by the orchestral version that the publisher Durand had urged him to write. Diaz Albertini, to whom the work was dedicated, gave its world premiere before other virtuosos adopted it for themselves and spread its fame throughout the world. The basis of this first Urtext edition of the piece is the first edition, which was presumably personally overseen by Saint-Saens.

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