Camille Saint-Saens: The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) viola and 1 piano

A Swan - gracefully swimming on rippling water A favourite movement from Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals is "The Swan", whose original orchestration is for cello and two pianos. Since not many people can get 2 pianos and 2 pianists together, this version has been slightly adapted for a single piano. The piano simply plays the composer's original "piano 1" part but with a chord at the end. The version used here as an example is for Viola and Piano, but we have included a number of alternative solo parts suitable for various instruments: Viola, Violin, Cello (as per the original version), Clarinet, Cor Anglais, Bassoon and Single Piano Accompaniment. The full work of 14 pieces in the original arrangement for 11 instruments is available from at these links from Sheet Music Plus (US) or The Music Room (UK).

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