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Le Carnaval des Animaux (flex)

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Makato Onodera)


General Info

Year: 1886 /
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Soprano Saxophone

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn

Part 4

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn

Part 5

  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 6

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba
  • String Bass

Piano (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Blocks (2)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The work Carnival of the Animals composed by Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was from the composer's mature period at the age of 51 (1886), and is probably the most famous piece of his work. This 14-piece suite is entertaining to people who listen to each song as if it were a jewel that emits a different glow. In 1886, after being blamed by Wagner critics and banned from playing outside Prague and Vienna, Saint-Saëns spent a carnival week in the small city of Kurdim in Austria to heal his tired mind. Saint-Saëns, who was staying at the house of his friend cello player Lebuque, was strongly urged to compose for a concert held by Lebuque on the last day of the carnival, and the song composed was the Carnival of the Animals. It's a strange suite with a feeling of trying to irony critics and worldly people who attack themselves. It uses parody of famous songs and folk songs, and various animals are humorously and lively drawn.

This arrangement was originally arranged for the woodwind percussion octet under the commission of Asaka Daiichi Junior High School in Saitama Prefecture (advisor, Professor Miyoshi Tonozaki), and rearranged for flexible composition at the time of this publication. The basic structure is a flexible octet plus percussion double octet, which is a total of eight ensembles. However, six wind instruments can be played by overlapping different instruments and the number of people, and by adding an optional percussion instrument and piano.

- Program Note by arranger (roughly translated through Google Translate)


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