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Second Movement, "Organ Symphony" (no. 3)

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (trans. Mark Hindsley)


General Info

Year: 1886 / 200 -?
Duration: c. 15:40
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $178.00  |   Score Only (print) - $38.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Organ
Piano (Four Hands)
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


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Program Notes

The Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, was completed by Camille Saint-Saëns in 1886 at what was probably the artistic peak of his career. It is also popularly known as the Organ Symphony, even though it is not a true symphony for organ, but simply an orchestral symphony where two sections out of four use the pipe organ. The composer inscribed it as: Symphonie No. 3 "avec orgue" (with organ). Of composing the work Saint-Saëns said "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." The composer seemed to know it would be his last attempt at the symphonic form, and he wrote the work almost as a type of "history" of his own career: virtuoso piano passages, brilliant orchestral writing characteristic of the Romantic period, and the sound of a cathedral-sized pipe organ. The symphony was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society in England, and the first performance was given in London on 19 May 1886, at St James's Hall, conducted by the composer. After the death of his friend Franz Liszt on 31 July 1886, Saint-Saëns dedicated the work to Liszt's memory.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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