le carnival des animaux

[music rec 01]

Le Carnaval des Animaux, Le Cygne” (The Carnival of the Animals, The Swan) by Camille Saint-Saëns. Cello solo performed by Yo-Yo Ma. 

Written by the French romantic composer in 1886, the entire suite contains fourteen movements. The music has been adapted to various media over the years, such as movies and a ballet, however the most famous is the movement Aquarium whose adaption was used in the movie, The Beauty and the Beast.


Do yourself a favor in this beautiful hurricane day and listen to this piece. I like to imagine my that my whole neighborhood will flood, and my house will be ripped from its foundation by a current. It will become a boat. And I will drift and drift down the valleys and mountains. My bedroom will become the cockpit, I will become the captain.

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Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) (1886)

I. Introduction et marche royale du lion (Introduction and Royal March of the Lion) [0:00]
II. Poules et coqs (Hens and Roosters) [1:58]
III. Hémiones - animaux véloces (Wild Asses - quick animals) [2:42]
IV. Tortues (Tortoises) [3:22]
V. L'éléphant (The Elephant) [5:24]
VI. Kangourous (Kangaroos) [6:55]
VII. Aquarium [7:51]
VIII. Personnages à longues oreilles (Characters with Long Ears) [9:58]
IX. Le coucou au fond des bois (The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods) [10:35]
X. Volière (Aviary) [12:40]
XI. Pianistes (Pianists) [13:52]
XII. Fossiles (Fossils) [15:15]
XIII. Le cygne (The Swan) [16:41]
XIV. Finale [19:40]