Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals Two Flutes and Piano


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Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals Two Flutes and Piano

Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals Two Flutes and Piano

2 Flutes and Piano


The Carnival of the Animals (Le Carnaval des animaux) is a delightful musical composition, comprising fourteen movements, including the beloved piece “The Swan,” composed by the renowned French musician Camille Saint-Saëns.

Initially intended for private enjoyment, this enchanting work, lasting approximately 25 minutes, was performed by two pianos and a small ensemble. However, Saint-Saëns, concerned about the piece’s lightheartedness affecting his reputation as a serious composer, chose not to publicly perform it during his lifetime.

Nevertheless, following his passing, the suite was published in 1922. Its public performance in the same year received a warm reception, solidifying its status as one of his most treasured compositions.

It is noteworthy that while the original version featured a chamber ensemble, orchestras worldwide have embraced performing the suite with a full complement of string instruments.

This collection consists of five popular movements from the original work, expertly arranged for two flutes and piano.


Royal March of the Lion
Chickens and Roosters
The Elephant
The Swan (Le Cygne)

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns

Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was a renowned French composer, organist, conductor and pianist. His prolific body of works includes 14 operas, songs, concerti, chamber music, and sacred music, most notably ‘Symphony No.3’ and ‘Carnival of the Animals’.

As a child prodigy, he gave his first recital in 1846 and studied at the Paris Conservatoire. He became the organist at the Church of the Madeleine in 1857. In 1871, he co-founded the National Society of Music. Le Rouet d’Omphale and Danse Macabre are among his widely performed symphonic poems. His opera Samson et Dalila achieved success after its premiere in 1890.

Saint-Saëns upheld a conservative ideal of French music and left a lasting impact on the musical scene.

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