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Le Carnaval des Animaux

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Yo Goto)

Subtitle: Carnival of the Animals

General Info

Year: 1886 / 2000 / 2012
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two pianos and other instruments
Publisher: Brain
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


1. Introduction et Marche royale du Lion
2. Poules et Coqs
5. L'éléphant
6. Kangourous
7. Aquarium
9. Le coucou au fond des bois
12. Fossiles
13. Le cygne
14. Final


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Flugelhorn
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Cuckoo
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Whip
  • Whistle
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


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

Camille Saint-Saëns’ "grande fantasie zoologique" is originaly a collection of 14 short movements, each with a specific animal subject. This suite was originally scored for two pianos and chamber orchestra. Yo Goto consulted Saint-Saens' score to set nine of the 14 movements for concert band. For humor, color and clarity he added piano and various percussion. Also, phrases were added for continuity and impact, particularly in the "Final".

- Program Note from Tierolff Publishing


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 14 January 2020
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Eddie Airheart, conductor) – 16 April 2019

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