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Danse Macabre Op40 (Poeme Symphonique)

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Danse Macabre
Poeme symphonique, Op. 40
Composed by Camille Saint-Saens
Arranged for flute quintet by Gudrun Hinze
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts

Instrumentation:
Flute 1
Flute 2 (and piccolo)
Flute 3 (buzzing headjoint)
Alto Flute
Bass Flute

      'The Danse Macabre was originally composed in 1872 for voice and piano. Two years later, Camille Saint-Saens arranged the song for orchestra. The human voice was “replaced” here by the solo violin, whose highest string was “wrongly” tuned a half step lower. Instead of the perfect fifth A-E, the violin is now tuned to the devil's interval, A-E-flat, the “diabolus in musica.”
      'In this arrangement, the devil plays on a Schnarrkopf Flute (buzzing headjoint) instead of an out-of-tune violin. The midnight ringing of the bell at the cemetary is sounded by the bass flute, the graves open up, and the skeletons of the dead must dance to the melody of the devil's waltz until the cock crows at dawn (here portrayed by the piccolo), bringing and end to the nocturnal shadow display.' — Gudrun Hinze

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