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Danse Macabre (tr Hindsley)

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (trans. Mark Hindsley)


General Info

Year: 1874 / 197-?
Duration: c. 7:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts - $88.00   |   Score Only - $19.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-I-IIII
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Danse macabre, Op. 40, is a tone poem for orchestra, written in 1874 by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis, which is based on an old French superstition. In 1874, the composer expanded and reworked the piece into a tone poem, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin.

According to legend, "Death" appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance for him while he plays his fiddle (here represented by a solo violin). His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year.

The piece makes particular use of the xylophone to imitate the sounds of rattling bones. Saint-Saëns uses a similar motif in the Fossils movement of The Carnival of the Animals.

-Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Minnesota: I
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass.) (Richard Wyman, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor)– 16 November 2017
  • Los Alamos (N.M.) Community Winds (Ted Vives, conductor) – 24 October 2015
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Scott Files, conductor) - 26 October 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


References