Camille Saint-Saens was a French Romantic Era composer who wrote in almost all genres – operas, symphonies, songs and more. He was a more traditional composer of the Romantic Era, but wrote some very memorable pieces. One of his most famous works, “The Carnival of the Animals,” was actually written as a joke. He never meant for it to be published!
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Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso
Tedi Papavrami – violin
Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78 ‘Organ’ Symphony
Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22
Arthur Rubinstein – Piano
“The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals
Yo-Yo Ma – Cello; Kathryn Stott – Piano
Carnival of the Animals
Ciklus Virtuoso – Ad libitum II
“Aquarium” from Carnival of the Animals arranged for electric guitar
Metal Guitar by Danilo Ciamprone
PBS Published Cartoon
Based on this poem by Henri Cazales
Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking with his heel a tomb,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zig, on his violin.
The winter wind blows and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden-trees.
Through the gloom, white skeletons pass,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking.
The bones of the dancers are heard to crack-
But hist! of a sudden they quit the round,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.