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Danse Macabre (arr Slawson)

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Slawson)

General Info

Year: 1874 / 2013
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: III 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Tapspace Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00


Full Score
Percussion I-VIII, including:

  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba (3)
  • Timpani
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The xylophone part from Camille Saint- Saëns 'orchestral work Danse Macabre is one of the most famous excerpts for the instrument. The violin and clarinet parts, among others, also feature memorable themes, many of which have been arranged here for percussion ensemble. The xylophone takes the prominent melodic voice while the rest of the ensemble adds color around it, creating a mysterious mood befitting a dance of skeletons on Halloween night.

Saint- Saëns would later use the xylophone to similar effect in the Fossils movement of his famous Carnival of the Animals.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Missouri: Percussion Ensemble Grade B
  • Texas: Percussion Ensemble Class I


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Concert Band (Jared Best, conductor) – 30 April 2017
  • EVHS Percussion Ensemble 3 May 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


None discovered thus far.