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Phaeton, Op. 39

By Camille Saint-Saens

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Orchestra [3d2, 2, 2, 3 - 4, 2, 3, 1], timpani, percussion, 2 harps, strings
Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Edited by Richard W. Sargeant, Jr. This edition: Paperback. Original Works, Tone Poems. Romantic Period; French, Mythology/Legends. Study Score. Published by Serenissima (SA.40178).

Item Number: SA.40178

ISBN 9781608740178. 6 x 9 inches.

The second of four tone poems for orchestra inspired by those of Franz Liszt, Phaeton was composed in 1873 and like its predecessor is named after a figure in Greek mythology. The tragic tale concerns Phaeton, the son of Helios (the Sun God) and Clymene, who separated from Helios and subsequently married to mortal king. To prove to his critics that he is truly the son of Helios, Phaeton asks his father permission to drive the sun chariot. Helios grants permission only grudgingly, because it is a very difficult to control the sun. Phaeton soon experiences the consequences: He is unable to hold the wild horses, bringing the sun too close, threatening the earth's destruction. Zeus is forced to intervene, bringing Phaeton's ride to an end by hitting him with a lightning bolt, causing Phaeton to crash down into the river Eridanus. The score presented here is a newly engraved edition prepared by Richard W. Sargeant, Jr.

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