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Carnival of the Animals

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Brand)

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This work bears the subtitles Concert Suite and Grand Zoological Fantasy.

General Info

Year: 1886 / 1995
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: IV 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G&M Brand International Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $130.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


1. Introduction and Royal March of the Lions
2. The Elephant
3. The Cuckoo far off in the Wood
4. Fossils
5. The Swan
6. Finale


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Mallet Percussion< br /> Percussion

(Percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Saint-Saens wrote his Grand Zoological Fantasy - The Carnival of the Animals - in 1886. It was first performed at a Shrove Tuesday concert in that year with the composer as one of the performers.

Subsequently, Saint-Saens allowed it to be performed on only a few occasions and under special circumstances. Later he forbade it to be performed at all, but this restriction was lifted under a special provision in his will.

In this arrangement of six of the movements, parts for two xylophones are included, by and large replacing the piano parts. If desired (or required), the xylophone parts can be played on one piano (not two!) or on an electric keyboard. Selected or individual movements can be played separately. The Swan particularly suggests itself as a solo for euphonium in its own right.

Above all, the humour of the Fantasy should be allowed its due. The Carnival of the Animals is meant to be enjoyed.

- Program note by arranger

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

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State Ratings

  • Georgia: V


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  • Saint-Saens, C.; Brand, G. (1995). Concert Suite from Carnival of the Animals [score]. G.&M. Brand: Wingrave, Bucks.