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Saint-Sáens – “Voliere” from Carnival of the Animals

Video-masterclass with: Michael Cox – Principal BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Saint-Sáens - "Voliere" from Carnival of the Animals - Flute Excerpt

by Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra | Naxos Regular CD

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  • Saint-Såens, Voliere from Carnival of the Animals


  • February, 1886
First Performance:
  • February 26th 1922 (posthumously) was the first public performance. Saint-Saens had not allowed performances of the work during his lifetime, believing the work may cause damage to his reputation as a serious composer.


  • Introduction et marche royale du lion (Introduction and royal march of the lion)
  • Poules et coqs (Hens and roosters)
  • Hémiones (animaux véloces) (Wild asses; quick animals)
  • Tortues (Tortoises)
  • L’éléphant (The elephant)
  • Kangourous (Kangaroos)
  • Aquarium
  • Personnages à longues oreilles (Characters with long ears)
  • Le coucou au fond des bois (The cuckoo in the depths of the woods)
  • Volière (Aviary)
  • Pianistes (Pianists)
  • Fossiles (Fossils)
  • Le cygne (The swan)
  • XIV


Excerpts on PrincipalChairs from:

  • whole of Voliere.

Audio excerpt from:

  • Label: Naxos Regular CD
  • Artists: Lenard, Ondrej; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Video lesson by:

  • Michael Cox

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