The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan

By: Camille Saint-Saens
For: String quartet
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Camille Saint-Saens
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Classical music
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In 1885 Saint-Sa?ns wrote a witty, uncomplicated piece called Wedding Cake, which to his chagrin became so popular that he gained a temporary reputation as a "light" composer. Because he wanted to be considered a composer of serious, substantial music, he suppressed Carnival of the Animals shortly after its premiere in the following year. However, this "zoological fantasy," one of the most successful examples of humourously themed music in the repertory, has become one of the composer's most popular works. It includes a now famous movement, one so lovely that the composer permitted its publication as a solo work. "The Swan" has become a staple of every cellist's repertoire and a favorite accompaniment for dance works.

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