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Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saens Classic piece depicting the many animals found at the museum.
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Kristina Westin

on 23 June 2010

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Carnival of the Animals omposer aint-Saens Camille Saint-Saens was one of the most famous French Composers. He was born in 1835 and died in 1921 His first symphony was performed when he was only 18 years old. His most famous pieces of music are "Carnival of the Animals" and "Danse macabre". About the music... Carnival of the Animals is a collection of 14 pieces. Each short little piece is about an animal that you might find at the zoo. It was written for the composers own personal enjoyment and he never allowed it to be performed while he was alive. The instruments he uses are:

2 Pianos 1 flute
2 violins 1 clarinet
1 viola 1 xylophone
1 cello 1 bells
1 string bass
LION Hens and Roosters Rats Tortoises Elephant Kangaroos Aquarium Aviary Long ears Pianists Cuckoo Fossils Swan Introduction Do you hear the roar of the lion? Hear the Chickens pecking pecking..... Rats scurry.... Listen to the slow dance of the turtle doing the can can. Kangaroos jump and sleep, jump and sleep. Listen to the fish as they swim around. Can you hear the birds flying? Hee Haw goes the Donkey Listen to the bones rattle as the marimba is playing. The beginning of your music career is to play scales. How many times does the cuckoo sing? The beginning of the piece introduces the animals with a fanfare of instruments. Ballet Dancer? The swan gently swims in the water. Finale The end is here, listen to all of the animals come together in one piece.
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