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Camille Saint-Saëns: Dance Macabre Op. 40 - Full Score: Orchestra

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COMPOSER: Camille Saint-Saëns
PUBLISHER: Bärenreiter-Verlag
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
Saint-Saëns was a great admirer of the symphonic poems by Franz Liszt. His own symphonic poem "Danse macabre" reflects not only his affinity to medieval superstitions but also constitutes a tribute to Liszt’s "Totentanz". "Danse macabre" is based on the eponymous song Saint-Saëns composed in 1872
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Composer Camille Saint-Saëns
Editor Hugh MacDonald
Publisher Bärenreiter-Verlag
Instrumentation Violin and Orchestra
Product Format Score
Genre Solo & Concerto
Year of Publication 2019
Style Poetry
ISMN 9790006567195
No. BA8834
Number of pages 60
Series Bärenreiter Urtext
Text language English;French;German
Description
Saint-Saëns was a great admirer of the symphonic poems by Franz Liszt. His own symphonic poem "Danse macabre" reflects not only his affinity to medieval superstitions but also constitutes a tribute to Liszt’s "Totentanz".
"Danse macabre" is based on the eponymous song Saint-Saëns composed in 1872 after Henri Cazalis’ poem. At its premiere, the work was not well-received: in fact it was booed, possibly due to the "diabolic" solo violin playing on an E-string that was tuned down to E-flat, which the audience might have misinterpreted as being out of tune. However within ten years the work had become so popular that Saint-Saëns quoted some of its musical themes in "The Carnival of the Animals". Since the composer’s death, "Danse macabre" is among the works most often mentioned in connection with the theatrical face of death found in popular mortuary cult.
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