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Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns)

arranged for percussion ensemble by Brian Slawson
Level: Medium
Duration: 3:15
Personnel: 8 players
State Lists: Missouri | Florida | Texas
Release Date: 2013
Product ID : TSPCE-80
Price: $40.00
Item #: TSPCE-80



Description

The xylophone part from Camille Saint-Saëns’s orchestral work Danse Macabre is one of the most famous excerpts for the instrument. (It also enjoys a broader familiar thanks to its similarity to the xylophone theme in the Fossils movement of Carnival of the Animals.) The violin and clarinet parts, among others, also feature memorable themes, many of which have been arranged here for percussion ensemble. The xylophone takes the prominent melodic voice while the rest of the ensemble adds color around it, creating a mysterious mood befitting a dance of skeletons on Halloween night.

Danse Macabre comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.

Instrumentation

  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • 2 marimbas—(1) low A*, (1) low C
  • 2 timpani
  • Crash cymbals

*Shared

Reviews

Brian Slawson’s arrangement of Saint-Saens’ original masterpiece is well conceived and thoughtfully accessible as it presents the mysterious stylistic ambience through six keyboard percussionists and two non-keyboard percussionists. Starting with solo chimes, the famous xylophone solo excerpt is definitively the most difficult part, while the remaining performers must tastefully support the xylophone’s soloistic role. Although two 5.0-octave marimbas might be the best solution for performance (for three players), printed parts are included for a 4.3-octave marimba and one 5.0-octave, with some of the voicings in the marimba 3 part taken up an octave.

A CD is included with an mp3 recording of the 3:15 piece and individual parts for printing. Slawson’s arrangement of “Danse Macabre” will certainly enhance the programming of a mature high school percussion octet, or it could be a superb selection for the undergraduate university percussion ensemble concert.

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 52, No. 2. March 2014

Description

The xylophone part from Camille Saint-Saëns’s orchestral work Danse Macabre is one of the most famous excerpts for the instrument. (It also enjoys a broader familiar thanks to its similarity to the xylophone theme in the Fossils movement of Carnival of the Animals.) The violin and clarinet parts, among others, also feature memorable themes, many of which have been arranged here for percussion ensemble. The xylophone takes the prominent melodic voice while the rest of the ensemble adds color around it, creating a mysterious mood befitting a dance of skeletons on Halloween night.

Danse Macabre comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.

Instrumentation

  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • 2 marimbas—(1) low A*, (1) low C
  • 2 timpani
  • Crash cymbals

*Shared

Reviews

Brian Slawson’s arrangement of Saint-Saens’ original masterpiece is well conceived and thoughtfully accessible as it presents the mysterious stylistic ambience through six keyboard percussionists and two non-keyboard percussionists. Starting with solo chimes, the famous xylophone solo excerpt is definitively the most difficult part, while the remaining performers must tastefully support the xylophone’s soloistic role. Although two 5.0-octave marimbas might be the best solution for performance (for three players), printed parts are included for a 4.3-octave marimba and one 5.0-octave, with some of the voicings in the marimba 3 part taken up an octave.

A CD is included with an mp3 recording of the 3:15 piece and individual parts for printing. Slawson’s arrangement of “Danse Macabre” will certainly enhance the programming of a mature high school percussion octet, or it could be a superb selection for the undergraduate university percussion ensemble concert.

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 52, No. 2. March 2014



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