Carnival of the animals

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Carnival of the animals

  1. 1. Carnival of The Animalsby Camille Saint Saens<br />Exploring descriptive sounds<br />Summer 2011<br />
  2. 2. Saint Saens life<br />He was born in France in 1835<br />At 10 he was a child star and played the piano<br />At 13 he begun composing.<br />By the time he died he wrote over 300 works<br />He refused to allow “Carnival of the Animals” to be published in his lifetime as he thought that it would damage his reputation.<br />
  3. 3. Carnival of the animals<br />It is a set of orchestral character pieces, each of which is meant to describe a particular animal, usually by mimicking the sounds it makes or characterizing the way it moves or carries itself. <br />
  4. 4. The piece is written for two solo pianos and a small orchestra of flute, piccolo, clarinet, xylophone, glass harmonica (usually replaced these days by celesta or glockenspiel in performance), and strings<br />
  5. 5. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion.<br />Very regal and grand, featuring a full, swaggering figure in the strings and fast, running scales in the pianos that convincingly mimic lion roars.<br />
  6. 6. 2.Hens and cockerels.<br />is a humorously nervous movement, with jittery string figures that suggest scratching, clucking hens and staccato figures followed by trills in the pianos that sound much like crowing roosters<br />
  7. 7. 3.Wild Asses<br />The great running speed of these beasts is evoked by the use of frantic, intense scalar passagework in the two pianos. No orchestral accompaniment here.<br />
  8. 8. 4.Tortoises<br />The tempo really matches the painfully slow lumbering of this reptile<br />
  9. 9. 5 The Elephant<br />Consists of a brisk, but lumbering and clumsy waltz melody played by the contrabasses and supported by an earnest piano accompaniment. <br />
  10. 10. 6. Kangaroos<br />is scored just for the two pianos and consists of clipped, irregular phrases that suggest the hopping of startled roos<br />
  11. 11. 7.The aquarium<br />a tankful of peacefully swimming fish is evoked by slow, languorous music which is decorated by delicate filigree material in the glass harmonica. The effect is placid and serene<br />
  12. 12. 8 Donkeys<br />Big change in mood from last track! Written for violins.<br />
  13. 13. 9.The Cuckoo<br />a quiet, cryptic passage in the pianos is continually interrupted by a cuckoo-ing clarinet.<br />
  14. 14. 10. The aviary<br />Busy, yet relaxed melodic figures run through the pianos and flute over a rustling string accompaniment. The similarity in sound to a flock of mixed birds is very noticeable.<br />
  15. 15. The Pianists?!?<br />Why do you think Saint Saens included this?<br />
  16. 16. 12. Fossils<br />The tunes you will hear are based on 2 melodies that would have been very famous to the audiences when Saint Saens was alive<br />
  17. 17. 13. The Swan<br /> This is played by a solo cello with piano accompaniment. The movement is warm and expressive, evoking the gliding grace of a contemplative swimming swan.<br />
  18. 18. Finale<br />Can you hear which animals are included? Which animals are left out?<br />

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