Carnival of the Animals

31eba423796723.56048bba4b68bThis year we have begun listening to The Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saens.

The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) is a musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The work was written for  an ad hoc ensemble of two pianos and other instruments, and lasts around 25 minutes.

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In class the students listen to the music. They listen for dynamics (loud and soft), tempo (speed), and other expressive elements (short and sharp, fluid and graceful and smooth, jumpy, happy, sad, proud, heavy, light, ….). Then we discuss which animal we feel is being described by the music and what we heard in the music to give us that impression.

 

 

  1. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion (Introduction et marche royale du lion)

  2. Hens & Roosters (Poules et coqs)

  3. Wild Asses: Swift Animals (Hémiones (animaux véloces))

  4. Tortoises (Tortues)

  5. The Elephant (L’éléphant)

  6. THE Kangaroo (KangourouS)

  7. THE AQUARIUM (AQUARIUM)

  8. PEOPLE WITH LONG EARS (PERSONNAGES À LONGUES OREILLES)

  9. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods (Le coucou au fond des bois 

  10. Aviary (Volière )