Danse macabre, Op. 40, is a tone poem for orchestra, written in 1874 by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It is in the key of G minor. It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis, which is based on an old French superstition. In 1874, the composer expanded and reworked the piece into a tone poem, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin part.
Performances & Interviews
- A performance of 'Danse Macabre' by Saint-Saënshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019dc0p.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019dc0p.jpg2013-05-14T12:43:00.000ZA performance of 'Danse Macabre' by Saint-Saëns, performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019dc0t
A performance of 'Danse Macabre' by Saint-SaënsA performance of 'Danse Macabre' by Saint-Saëns, performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.