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La Princesse Jaune

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Odom)


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The title translates from the French as The Yellow Princess.


General Info

Year: 1872 / 1980
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium
Tuba
Cello
String Bass
Harp or Piano
Celeste
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Exotic Oriental harmonies provide the tonal setting for this little-known but delightful piece. Preceded by a stately and slow introduction, the overture sweeps to the end with a lively, enchanting finale.

- Program Note by publisher


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


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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