Saint-Saëns composed The Carnival of the Animals in 1886. He regarded the work as a piece of fun and was adamant that the work would not be published in his lifetime. It was published in the year following the composer’s death and the first public performance was given on 25th February 1922. It was well-received and has since become one of Saint-Saëns’s best-known works.
‘Una Voce Poca Fa’. This is followed by The Swan, which gracefully glides into view played by the horns in this arrangement. These charming animal vignettes end with a rousing Finale that in sparkling fashion pulls together the motifs and tunes heard in previous movements.