The Carnival of the Animals
Composed by Camille Saint-Saens
For two flutes
Edited by Jennifer Seubel and Sally Beck
Published by Barenreiter
1. Marche royale du Lion – Royal March of the Lion
2. Poules et coqs – Hens and Roosters (opt. piccolo for both parts)
3. Hémiones (Animaux véloces) – Wild Asses (Swift Animals)
4. Tortues – Tortoises
5. L'Éléphant – The Elephant
6. Kangourous – Kangaroos
7. Aquarium – Aquarium (opt. Piccolo for part 1)
8. Personnages à longues oreilles – Characters with Long Ears
9. Le Coucou au fond des bois – The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
10. Volière – Aviary
11. Pianistes (ou Flutistes) – Pianists (or Flautists)
12. Fossiles – Fossils
13. Le Cygne – The Swan
14. Final – Finale
From the Preface:
Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals is one of his most popular compositions, even though, for fear of damaging his reputation as a serious classical musician, he never published it during his lifetime. It made a very great impression on the public, and still does today. Inspired by its great appeal, the flautists Jennifer Seubel and Sally Beck have now arranged this famous work for two flutes.
We met while studying at Cologne University of Music and Dance. Since 2010 we have performed successfully together as Duo Noble, and have often played our arrangement of Carnival of the Animals to excited audiences, especially at children's concerts.
Reducing an orchestral work to two voices is, of course, a great challenge. We placed the most important voices, timbres and melodies in the two flute parts and exploited the full tonal range of the instrument. To obtain an even greater variety of sound, both parts in no. 2, Poules et coqs, and the first part in no. 7, Aquarium, can be given to piccolos.
Wishing you lots of fun with Carnival of the Animals!
– Jennifer Seubel and Sally Beck