La Princesse Jaune (arr Schyns)

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. José Schyns)

The title translates from the French as The Yellow Princess.

This work bears the designation Opus 30.

General Info

Year: 1872 / 2002
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Louis Martinus, through Hafabra Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €135.00   |   Score Only (print) - €27.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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 I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba/String Bass
Piano (or Harp) (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Gong
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

La princesse jaune ("The Yellow Princess") is an opéra comique in one act and five scenes by composer Camille Saint-Saëns to a French libretto by Louis Gallet. The opera premiered at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart Theatre) in Paris on 12 June 1872.

Like many French artists at this time, Saint-Saëns was influenced by the Japonism movement in Paris. He appealed to this public taste by choosing a story about a Japanese princess, although it is set in the Netherlands. The music is characterized by a "light and brisk" quality that uses pentatonic harmony to evoke an "oriental" sound.

The story follows Kornélis, a student who is fascinated by all things Japanese, and his cousin Léna, who is in love with Kornélis. Kornélis, however, is too obsessed with his portrait of Ming, a Japanese girl, to notice his cousin's affections for him. In a fantastical dream caused by a potion, Kornélis is transported to Japan. At first enthralled, he eventually becomes disillusioned as he comes to the realization that he is in love with Léna.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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