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The Nightingale (Le Rossignol) for Trombone & Piano

By Camille Saint-Saens

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Trombone and Piano - advanced
Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Arranged by Ralph Sauer. French 20th Century. Solo part and piano score. Published by Cherry Classics (CY.CC2501).

Item Number: CY.CC2501

Le Rossignol or the Nightingale is originally a vocalise for Soprano solo from Saint-Saen's incidental music for the play, Parysatis written in 1902. This 4-5 minute work is all about mood.

Mr. Sauer uses the original key of B-flat, which lays perfectly for all of the "bird-like" calls that are in phrases which are slurred. The music has a lot of ad lib. tempo sections which gives the performer plenty of time to create that magic call of the Nightingale. Early writers thought it was the female that sang, but in fact it is the male. The Nightingale usually sings at night or just before dawn when other birds are silent and has a strong spontaneous song with an impressive range of trills and whistles.

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