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Danse Macabre

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

Instrument: Marimba and Piano

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Published: 2019

Price: €25.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration. approx. 7 min.
      Arranged and adapted by Adélaïde Ferrière

      The well known symphonic poem 'Danse Macabre', originally written in its orchestral version, was also arranged by the composer for two pianos.

      That gave me the idea to arrange the work with the marimba instead of the piano as a keyboard duo.

      Part of this work was reduced for the first piano part in order for the arrangement to be playable without losing too many information from the original musical text.

      Sometimes, I had to reverse the two parts when the text was too dense to be played on the marimba, so marimba played the second piano.

      This duo works pretty well in the spirit of this skeleton Danse, imitating the bones noise, advancing the piano in this continuous waltz.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba and Piano

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    • Performed by Adélaïde Ferrière (Marimba) & Matthieu Cognet (Piano)


      Performed by Adélaïde Ferrière (Marimba) & Fanny Azzuro (Piano)

  • About the composer +
    • Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (1863), the Second Piano Concerto (1868), the First Cello Concerto (1872), Danse macabre (1874), the opera Samson and Delilah (1877), the Third Violin Concerto (1880), the Third ("Organ") Symphony (1886) and The Carnival of the Animals (1886).

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover Design: Gaia Gomes
      Photo: Adrien Roux
      Engraving: Adélaïde Ferrière
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark

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