Saint-Saens, C :: Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs op. 79

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  • Composer
    Saint-Saens, C
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Trio
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [2647]
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
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Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs op. 79

Saint-Saens, C

International Music Company presents Saint-Saens' Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, op. 79 for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano.

'The Caprice sur des airs danois et russes Op 79 was specially composed for Paul Taffanel (flute), Georges Gillet (oboe), and Charles Turban (clarinet) who joined Saint-Saens for a series of seven concerts organized by the Russian Red Cross in St. Petersburg during Easter Week of April 1887. He dedicated the work to the Tsarina, Maria Feodorovna, who had been born Princess Sophie Fredericka Dagmar, daughter of the King of Denmark, and hence the reason why Danish and Russian themes, supplied to him by musicologist Julien Tiersot, were incorporated. The interesting effects produced by the arrangement of the instruments greatly pleased the court, and although the piece had not been published at its premiere, Saint-Saens made few modifications for the final version. The great success prompted the same group to repeat their performance in London two months later. The Caprice exploits the wonderful hues and nuances of the woodwind palette: both the expressive and the mournful are interspersed with sparkling passages for the piano. The lower register of the clarinet and bassoon are often used with great effect in the articulation of the authentic Russian and Danish melodies. The tempo varies from lively, energetic sections to slow, expressive, improvisational themes in duple and triple meters, played in solo and ensemble combinations.'

- Teller Ratner, 2005

  • Composer
    Saint-Saens, C
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Trio
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [2647]
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined

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