The Carnival of the Animals arranged for Two Flutes [Playing score]
- Staff Pick
“Lots of fun!”
It's such a great idea to arrange Carnival of the Animals for two flutes, and this lovely book will allow access to all those famous tunes! It is inevitable that the standard of the movements will vary and as a result the book can be used in a wide variety of situations. Characters with Long Ears for example, will test ensemble, The Cuckoo reading in four sharps. whilst The Aquarium, Wild Asses and of course The Aviary are technically demanding. Hens and Roosters can be played on the piccolo too which will add even more interest to any performance. Seubel and Beck wish us lots of fun with this book - no problem there!
Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society
This is an arrangement for flute duet of Saint-Saens popular orchestral work. Inevitably, a reduction of an orchestral piece for two single line instruments will result in some omissions, but on the whole the arrangement is convincing, fun, and idiomatic for the flute. The Preface provides some suggestions for alternative fingerings and and performance techniques,and one has the sense that this German duo of players and arrangers have had a lot of fun bringing this music to the public.
The parts are well matched, and despite a few more tricky moments (for example, the famous Voliere solo), most of the movements could be played by intermediate players. Mention is made of the potential to use piccolos in the Aquarium; potentially the bass flute could be used for the Elephant too, and I can imagine different duos coming up with their own versions of the instrumentation to suit their own interests and strengths.
The edition is beautifully presented, with an entertaining cover featuring animal cartoons, and well laid-out and clearly printed scores. This will undoubtedly be a huge hit for players and listeners of all ages, both within educational environments and in the wider world. Recommended.
From the Publisher
Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals is one of his most popular works altogether. Yet during his lifetime he refused to publish this orchestral piece for fear it would damage his reputation as a serious-minded musician.
Now Jennifer Seubel and Sally Beck, the flautists of “Duo Noble”, have arranged this famous work for two flutes.
The transformation of the major instruments, timbres and melodies of the orchestral version into solely two flute parts posed a special challenge. The results exploit the full tonal spectrum of the flute. The arrangement offers several alternatives to expand the range of sound: for example, a piccolo can be substituted for either flute part in No. 2 Poules et coqs and for the first flute in No. 7 Aquarium.
- The complete Carnival of the Animals for two flutes
- 14 challenging and effective pieces
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- Royal March of the Lion
- Hens and Roosters
- Wild Asses (Swift Animals)
- The Elephant
- Characters with Long Ears
- The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
- Pianists (or Flautists)
- The Swan