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Danse Macabre, Op40


From the Publisher

Saint-Saëns' tone poem begins at midnight on Halloween. Death plays the fiddle to summon the dead from their graves; the music builds as more and more skeletons join in, eventually reaching a fortissimo climax with the two main themes playing together in counterpoint. At the height of the frenzy, a rooster crows. The dance ceases and the skeletons slink away to their graves. This arrangement features challenging sections for all the clarinets, and is essential for spooky-themed or Halloween concerts.

Difficulty guide: 6-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Eb Clarinet
  • Part 2: Bb Clarinet
  • Part 3: Bb Clarinet
  • Part 4: Bb Clarinet
  • Part 5: Alto Clarinet
  • Part 6: Bass Clarinet
Category: Clarinet Choir Music (5+ Clarinets)
Publisher: Wonderful Winds
Publisher's reference: CLSS01
Our Stock Code: 1345513
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts