Carnival of the Animals: Hens and Roosters & The Elephant for flute ensemble

$9.00

The bass flute has a unique challenge as Saint-Saens’ (1835-1921) heavy-sounding elephant as well as the all-reigning rooster among the chattering of the hens.

Thematic material for “The Elephant” is taken from Mendelssohn’s “Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Belioz’s “Dance of the Silphs.” The joke is that both themes were originally written for high instruments, but Saint-Saens moved them to the lowest instruments.

The “Hens and Roosters” movement is centered around a staccato theme quite reminiscent of chickens pecking at grain. The rooster is marching silently along the rows of hens who nervously run around him, ending their chatters with a fortissimo last shout!

Listen

“Hens and Roosters” performed by the Quintessenz ensemble.

“The Elephant” performed by the Quintessenz ensemble.

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Specifications

Title:
Hens and Roosters (Poules et coqs) & The Elephant (L’éléphant) from Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux)
Composer:
Camille Saint-Saëns
Arranger:
Gudrun Hinze
Tempo/Style:
Allegro moderato, Allegretto pomposo
Length:
1 minute to 2 minutes, 2 minutes to 3 minutes
Parts:
5 parts
Difficulty:
Easy, Difficult
Instruments:
3 Piccolo
4 C flutes
1 Alto flute
1 Bass flute

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