- NNHS Newsletter - Danse Macabre
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Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It's a real shame that few if any of us can still hear this delicious nine minute sound file I found a few years back. It was one of my faves. Sigh. Well, try the videos:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyknBTm_YyM - Camille Saint-SaŽns - Danse Macabre
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LupmmElMoI - Camille Saint-SaŽns - Danse Macabre
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9rn-HQzGf8 - SAINT-SAňNS' Danse Macabre - The Florence Piano Duet - Sara Bartolucci & Rodolfo Alessandrini
Op. 40, is a
tone poem for orchestra, written in 1874 by
Camille Saint-SaŽns. It started out in 1872 as an
piano with a French text by the poet
Henri Cazalis, which is based in an old French
superstition. In 1874, the composer expanded and reworked the piece
into a tone poem, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin.
According to legend, "Death" appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance their dance of death for him while he plays his fiddle (here represented by a solo violin). His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year. The piece opens with a harp playing a single note, D, twelve times (the twelve strokes of midnight) which is accompanied by soft chords from the string section. The solo violin enters playing the tritone (or "Devil's interval") consisting of an A and an E-flatóin an example of scordatura tuning, the violinist's E string has actually been tuned down to an E-flat to create the dissonant tritone. The first theme is heard on a solo flute, followed by the second theme, a descending scale on the solo violin which is accompanied by soft chords from the string section. The first and second themes, or fragments of them, are then heard throughout the various sections of the orchestra. The piece becomes more energetic and at its midpoint, right after a contrapuntal section based on the second theme, there is a direct quote played by the woodwinds of the Dies irae, a Gregorian chant from the Requiem Mass that is melodically related to the work's second theme. The Dies irae is presented in a major key, which is unusual. After this section the piece returns to the first and second themes and climaxes with the full orchestra playing very strong dynamics. Then there is an abrupt break in the texture and the coda represents the dawn breaking (a cockerel's crow, played by the oboe) and the skeletons returning to their graves.
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Happy Birthday tomorrow to Virginia Gall (February '48) of VA!
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