Saint-Saens, C :: Tarantelle op. 6

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  • Composer
    Saint-Saens, C
  • Instrumentation
    Flute & Clarinet
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [I1745]
  • Orchestration
    fl, cl, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
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Tarantelle op. 6
Saint-Saens, C

International Music Company presents Saint-Saens' Tarantella, Op. 6 for flute, clarinet, and piano.

'We all know the story of the tarantella the dance that is the cure for the bite of the tarantula if you dance hard enough you ll work out the poison. It s meant to be a furious jig, mixing wild whirling dervish moments with frantic stomping. Originating from southern Italy, the tarantella is a popular musical dance form, not only in folk music, but also found in works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Tchaikovsky. But my beef is that none of these really sound greatly frantic and stampy. They don t sound like you would sound if you sudden noticed incy-wincy crawling up your inner thigh, fangs poised, put it that way. Well, fear not, with the Tarantelle Op. 6 in A minor, Saint-Saens, in 1857, produced a great example that really does have all the whirling and dervishness you could possibly want. In its 6 and half minutes or so, it poses fiendish technical demands on the soloists (the unusual combination, for a concertante piece, of flute and clarinet). There are frantic scales and arpeggios played presto. There are manic trills. There s urgent screams (almost).

- Javotte, 2014

  • Composer
    Saint-Saens, C
  • Instrumentation
    Flute & Clarinet
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [I1745]
  • Orchestration
    fl, cl, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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