Saint-Saëns - Danse macabre (chamber orchestra) - full score
Arranged for chamber orchestra (15 players)
Camille Saint-Saëns composed his orchestral tone poem Danse macabre, Op. 40, in 1874. It was originally a song for voice and piano based on a text by Henri Cazalis, which Saint-Saëns subsequently expanded into a longer orchestral work. As a tone poem, the piece evokes a skeleton summoning the dead to a mysterious and wild dance, before descending to their graves at dawn. After the work’s premiere in 1875, Saint-Saens made two arrangements of the piece, one for two pianos, and another for violin and piano. This is a version for chamber orchestra of the full score for 15 players.
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Harp, 2 Percussion (Cymbals, Triangle, Xylophone), Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass (15 players)
Includes full score and complete set of parts