Carnival of the animals

This month I selected Saint-Saens, who was a French composer. II "Poules et coqs" Hens and Roosters [ edit ] Strings without cello and double bass, two pianos, with clarinet: He wrote the Carnival of the Animals as a joke, and even asked that it not be published until after his death because he was worried it would ruin his reputation.

The pianos provide occasional pings and trills of other birds in the background. We were especially delighted to realize the Finale of the Carnival sounded so familiar to us. IV "Tortues" Tortoises [ edit ] Strings and piano: The two groups of instruments switch places, with the pianos playing a higher, softer version of the melody.

Carnival Of The Animals

The strings provide the melody, with the pianos occasionally taking low runs of octaves which suggest the roar of a lion, or high ostinatos. Transitions between keys are accomplished with a blasting chord Carnival of the animals all the instruments between scales.

These figures, plus the occasional glissando from the glass harmonica—often played on celesta or glockenspiel —are evocative of a peaceful, dimly-lit aquarium. The movement ends very quietly after a long ascending chromatic scale from the flute.

Upon listening to it for a minute or two, we recognized it as the music on "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The melody is played by the flute, backed by the strings, on top of tumultuous, glissando -like runs in the piano.

XI "Pianistes" Pianists [ edit ] Strings and two pianos: The original edition has a note by the editors instructing the players to imitate beginners and their awkwardness.

Problems playing this file? Title page to "Fossils" in the manuscript including drawing by the composer XII "Fossiles" Fossils [ edit ] Strings, two pianos, clarinet, and xylophone: The movement ends with a fortissimo note from all the instruments used in this movement.

The Carnival of the Animals

Each one starts with a trill on the first and second note, then proceeds in scales with a few changes in the rhythm. Once I got the hang of that, I could navigate the CD okay.

The piano plays a waltz-like triplet figure while the bass hums the melody beneath it. Music critics have speculated that the movement is meant to compare music critics to braying donkeys.

VI "Kangourous" Kangaroos [ edit ] Two pianos: This book is perfect for reading along with the music. The cellos and basses play a pick up cadence to lead into most of the measures.

I love that the songs in the Carnival are short and sweet, but still put across the character of the animals portrayed. Well, guess which of his works of music has become the favorite! The pianos play a pair of scales going in opposite directions to conclude the first part of the movement.

The pianos then introduce a march theme that they carry through most of the rest of the introduction. This means that once a month I go into her classroom and present a lesson on a famous composer.

This means each page in the book is off by one. The one thing that was confusing to me at first was that the book says "Royal March of the Lion" is track 1, but really some other piece by Saint-Saens is the first track on the CD.

According to British music journalist Fritz Spieglthere is a recording of the movement featuring virtuoso harmonica player Tommy Reilly —apparently he was hired by mistake instead of a player of the glass harmonica. The musical themes from Danse macabre are also quoted; the xylophone and the violin play much of the melody, alternating with the piano and clarinet.

The piano part is especially difficult here—octaves that jump in quick thirds. In some performances, the later, more difficult, scales are deliberately played increasingly out of time. The flute takes the part of the bird, with a trilling tune that spans much of its range. This movement is unusual in that the last three blasted chords do not resolve the piece, but rather lead into the next movement.

When the fifths ascend, the tempo gradually speeds up and the dynamics get louder, and when the fifths descend, the tempo gradually slows down and the dynamics get quieter. The top staff was written for the glass "Harmonica".

The illustrations are great, and each page gives you something to think about or listen for as you play the corresponding song.

Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids

The clarinet plays small solos above the rest of the players at intervals. These are dziggetaidonkeys that come from Tibet and are known for their great speed.The Circa Carnival comes to town with whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea who tumble, fly, leap, and spin their way through many wondrous worlds.

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Carnival of the Animals

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