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Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) is a musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns.
The Carnaval was composed in February 1886 while Saint-Saëns was vacationing in a small Austrian village. It was originally scored for a chamber group of flute/piccolo, clarinet (B flat and C), two pianos, glass harmonica, xylophone, two violins, viola, cello and double bass, but is usually performed today with a full orchestra of strings, and with a glockenspiel substituting for the rare glass harmonica.

Saint-Saëns, apparently concerned that the piece was too frivolous and likely to harm his reputation as a serious composer, suppressed performances of it and only allowed one movement, Le Cygne, to be published in his lifetime. Only small private performances were given for close friends like Franz Liszt.

Saint-Saëns did, however, include a provision which allowed the suite to be published after his death, and it has since become one of his most popular works. It is a favorite of music teachers and young children, along with Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. In fact, it is very common to see any combination of these three works together on modern CD recordings - a handy tool for class work.

One of my earliest posts to MacJams around 7 years ago was aother version of Aquarium.

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davajonah said 2155 days ago (August 25th, 2013)
Yes! I remember downloading this from you. Quite lovely, masterfully done. The shortest and the most interesting piece from this suite, I think.

This would be brilliant to electro-synth up I think. Maybe I should do it.

Anyway Scotty, thanks. Brought back memories of a site long since dead, sadly.
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davajonah said 2154 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
I should have said! That's where I first heard this. Sorry. MacJams is not quite dead yet.
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Bowman said 2154 days ago (August 25th, 2013)
I too
remember you posting a version of this a while back. I've always loved this piece. I think I was first introduced to it in the opening credits to a film called Days of Heaven. A vibrant and pulsating rendition of this work Scotty.
Thanks you for posting it and the download.
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Ex_Silentio said 2154 days ago (August 25th, 2013)
A favorite. Beautifully rendered. Food for thought that Saint-Saëns considered music like this to be frivolous. Whew.
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Alimar said 2154 days ago (August 25th, 2013)
Danny Elfman stole his chops! Great rendition.
kristyjo said 2154 days ago (August 25th, 2013)
Yes, one of my favorites
for teaching about the orchestra in first grade. It is transparent enough that the kids aren't overwhelmed with too many voices and countermelodies. This is quite well done. Did you use a glock voice for that glass armonica part?

Great work, as usual.
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Skean said 2153 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
Oh, yes
So well done. The mix is just great, thanks for the DL.
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PeterB7858 said 2153 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Good to hear a quality rendition of this delightful music again. Thanks, Scotty. Regards, Peter.
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XMaramena said 2153 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
This has actually been one of my favourite pieces since I was 6. When I was 10, I had the pleasure of studying it alongside the rest of the suite - people couldn't quite understand my obsession with that particular piece.

Nice soundscape you've created with it, although perhaps a little fast for my taste. Still, thank you for sharing :)
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Philip18 said 2150 days ago (August 29th, 2013)
Frivolous works for me! The music has an atmosphere that suits the theme - the light tinkling sounds are delightful. Beatifully played and clear recording. Much enjoyed!
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Narad said 2150 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
I'd like to swim in ! Wonderful interpretation !
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IbotenicParadigm said 2150 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
Beautifully done!
A great start to the day! I thank you.

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magnatone said 2149 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
Hi Scottie - this is so fabulous! i don't think i heard the earlier version but i'm going to go back and find it. great backstory, great music - congrats on this sir!
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egobandit said 2149 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
its explosive and tame I dont think I was here for the first version but im glad I heard this one
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paul f. page said 2129 days ago (September 20th, 2013)
Beautifully reimagined.
This is a delightful orchestration of one of Saint-Saens most famous numbers. I cannot even imagine how meticulous you would have to be to put this together in the digital world. Very very nice, indeed. I am impressed with your skill.
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Cori Ander said 2126 days ago (September 23rd, 2013)
Hi Scotty!
Great beautiful and a wonderful rendition!
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sschedra said 2058 days ago (November 29th, 2013)
Love the ambiance on the orchestral instruments. Rendering is very realistic. Good job.
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thetiler said 2051 days ago (December 6th, 2013)
molly. Doing all this with M.P. is really something. Love so much about his fabulous piece. A real TREAT to hear! Wow!
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