Carnival of the Animals, The (arr Curnow)

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. James Curnow)

Subtitle: Grand Zoological Fantasy

General Info

Year: 1886 / 2008
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two pianos and other instruments
Publisher: Curnow Music Press, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.95


1. Introduction and Royal March of the Lions – 2:00
2. The Elephant – 0:55
3. The Swan – 2:05
4. Finale – 0:50


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangles (2: small and large)
  • Xylophone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) is a musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The work was written for private performance by an ad hoc ensemble of two pianos and other instruments, and lasts around 25 minutes.

Following a disastrous concert tour of Germany in 1885–86, Saint-Saëns withdrew to a small Austrian village, where he composed The Carnival of the Animals in February 1886. It is scored for two pianos, two violins, viola, cello, double bass, flute (and piccolo), clarinet (C and B♭), glass harmonica, and xylophone. From the beginning, Saint-Saëns regarded the work as a piece of fun. O He had apparently intended to write the work for his students at the École Niedermeyer, but it was first performed at a private concert given by the cellist Charles Lebouc on Shrove Tuesday, 9 March 1886.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commissioned by the Urbana Middle School Bands, Karen E. DeBauche, Director, in honor of Gene Amberg, and his dedication to music in the Urbana School District. Dr. Amberg served as superintendent from 1992-2007 and was a great supporter of the Urbana, Illinois, band programs.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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