Sheet Music: Fossils

from The Carnival of the Animals
Alternate titlesFossiles from Le Carnaval des Animaux
ComposerCamille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyB-flat major
Time signature2/2
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time1:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-11-08
Last updated2009-11-08
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Sunday 8 November 2009

Tune of the Day: Fossils

from Camille Saint-Saëns's “The Carnival of the Animals“

In this funny piece from Le Carnaval des Animaux, Saint-Saëns mimics his own composition, the Danse Macabre, which makes heavy use of the xylophone to evoke the image of skeletons playing card games, the bones clacking together to the beat. The musical themes from Danse Macabre are also quoted. Allusions to “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman” (better known in the English-speaking world as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”), the French nursery rhymes “Au Clair de la Lune” and “J'ai du bon tabac”, the popular anthem “Partant pour la Syrie” as well as the aria “Una voce poco fa” from Rossini's The Barber of Seville can also be heard. The musical joke in this movement is obviously that the musical pieces quoted are the fossils of his time.

Other Movements from the same Work

7.Aquarium Flute & Piano
10.Aviary Flute solo
12.Fossils Flute duet
13.The Swan Flute & Piano
14.Final Flute solo