Danse macabre Op. 40 (Arranged for Piano Duet)

(Arranged for Piano Duet)

Camille Saint-SaŽns / Wendy Hiscocks
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Saint-SaŽns' Danse macabre has long been available in the composer's own sizzling transcription for two pianos.

By contrast, the standard piano duet arrangement of the piece (by Ernest Guiraud) appears to have been derived from the orchestral score and is often disappointingly thin. An obvious solution was to make the present new duet arrangement, following the composer's two-piano version as closely as possible.

As a symphonic poem Danse macabre was elaborated (in 1874) from Saint-SaŽns' earlier song-setting of a poem by Henri Cazalis - a sort of French Tom O'Shanter without the chase, in which the devil, playing a mistuned fiddle, conjures skeletons from their graves at midnight into a macabre dance (Cazalis' profession as a doctor doubtless fed his imagination).

Saint-SaŽns' orchestral version was the first orchestral score to use a xylophone, in a tune that he later recycled for "Fossils" in Carnaval des animaux.

Roy Howat


Additional Information

Item Number: EP7955
Format: Sheet Music
ISMN: 9790577086378
Format: 232 x 303 mm
Instrumentation: Piano, 4 Hands


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