Saint-Saens, C :: Der Karneval der Tiere [The Carnival of the Animals]

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  • Composer
    Saint-Saens, C
  • Instrumentation
    2 Flutes
  • Publisher
    Barenreiter [BA 10926]
  • Editor
    Seubel, Jennifer (arr); Beck, Sally (arr)
  • Orchestration
    2 fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
  • Review

    Inevitably, a reduction of an orchestral piece for two single-line instruments will result in some omissions, but on the whole this new arrangement for flute duet of Saint-Saëns’ popular orchestral work is convincing, fun, and idiomatic for the flute. The preface provides suggestions for alternative fingerings and performance techniques, and one has the sense that this German duo of players and arrangers had a lot of fun bringing this music to the public.

    The parts are well matched, and despite a few tricky moments (for example, the famous Volière solo), most of the movements could be played by intermediate players. Mention is made of the potential to use piccolos in the Aquarium; potentially the bass flute could be used for the Elephant, too, and I can imagine duos coming up with their own versions of the instrumentation to suit their own interests and strengths.

    The edition is beautifully presented, with an entertaining cover featuring animal cartoons, and well laid-out with clearly printed scores. This will undoubtedly be a huge hit for players and listeners of all ages, both within educational environments and in the wider world. Recommended.

  • Review Source
    Carla Rees; Flutist Quarterly, Fall 2019
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Der Karneval der Tiere [The Carnival of the Animals]
Saint-Saens, C

Camille Saint-Sans The Carnival of the Animals is one of his most popular works altogether. Yet during his lifetime he refused to publish this orchestral piece for fear it would damage his reputation as a serious-minded musician.

Now Jennifer Seubel and Sally Beck, the flautists of Duo Noble , have arranged the complete set of 14 pieces for two flutes.

The transformation of the major instruments, timbres and melodies of the orchestral version into solely two flute parts posed a special challenge. The results exploit the full tonal spectrum of the flute. The arrangement offers several alternatives to expand the range of sound: for example, a piccolo can be substituted for either flute part in No. 2 Poules et coqs and for the first flute in No. 7 Aquarium.

  • Composer
    Saint-Saens, C
  • Instrumentation
    2 Flutes
  • Publisher
    Barenreiter [BA 10926]
  • Editor
    Seubel, Jennifer (arr); Beck, Sally (arr)
  • Orchestration
    2 fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
  • Review

    Inevitably, a reduction of an orchestral piece for two single-line instruments will result in some omissions, but on the whole this new arrangement for flute duet of Saint-Saëns’ popular orchestral work is convincing, fun, and idiomatic for the flute. The preface provides suggestions for alternative fingerings and performance techniques, and one has the sense that this German duo of players and arrangers had a lot of fun bringing this music to the public.

    The parts are well matched, and despite a few tricky moments (for example, the famous Volière solo), most of the movements could be played by intermediate players. Mention is made of the potential to use piccolos in the Aquarium; potentially the bass flute could be used for the Elephant, too, and I can imagine duos coming up with their own versions of the instrumentation to suit their own interests and strengths.

    The edition is beautifully presented, with an entertaining cover featuring animal cartoons, and well laid-out with clearly printed scores. This will undoubtedly be a huge hit for players and listeners of all ages, both within educational environments and in the wider world. Recommended.

  • Review Source
    Carla Rees; Flutist Quarterly, Fall 2019
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