Viola from The Swan / Le Cygne for viola and guitar

Composer
Camille Saint-Saens
Publisher
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music

I have transposed this piece to D major. It fits the guitars tuning and range better than the original G major, and the viola sounds very good too.

Le Carnaval was composed in February 1886 while Saint-Saens was vacationing in a small Austrian village. It was originally scored for a chamber group of flute, clarinet, two pianos, glass harmonica, xylophone, two violins, viola, cello and double bass, but is usually performed today with a full orchestra of strings, and with a glockenspiel substituting for the rare glass harmonica.

This is by far the most famous movement of the suite, often performed sole and is used to showcase the interpretive skills of the cellist. The lushly romantic cello solo is played over rippling sixteenths in one piano and rolled chords in the other.

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