8th February 2021
The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns is a piece of classical music for children.
Saint-Saëns wrote the Carnival of the Animals when he was composing his Symphony No. 3. - he wanted a bit of a break from writing it. He then performed the piece to just few of his friends. Saint-Saëns did not want everyone in the world to hear it, because he did not want to be thought of as someone who wrote jokey pieces. He wanted to be thought of as a serious composer. Just one movement was published during his lifetime: the famous Swan movement for solo cello. The rest of the work was not performed until a year after Saint-Saëns’ death
There are fourteen movements, each representing a different animal or animals.