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Camille Saint-Saëns – Sheet Music & Scores

“I like good company, but I like hard work still better.” Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Saint-Saëns was an inexhaustible French pianist, organist and composer, responsible for the infamous The Carnival of Animals. Browse our sheet music and scores, and have a carnival with Camille today!

His Life

Camille Saint-Saëns was born in Paris on October the 9th, 1835, and since his father died a few months later, he was raised by his mother and his great-aunt, who was a pianist. Camille’s musical talents were clear from an early age, he took his first piano lessons with his great aunt, and he fell in love with the organ at the very first note. With composition, he also started young, and was only 15 years old when he completed his first symphony (Symphony in A major), which is now very rarely performed.

After completing his studies in piano, organ and composition at the Paris Conservatoire, he first worked as an organist, but he gave up his position in 1877, to pursue his love of composition.

As he became increasingly famous, he took more trips within Europe, and to America, as well as to Africa, and it was on this final trip that he died on December 16, 1921 in Algiers, at the age of 86.

His Work

Only a few pieces from Camille Saint-Saëns’ great work have made it into the modern concert and stage repertoire. About half of his work is made up of virtually forgotten vocal pieces, such as cantatas, songs with piano, and choral works. However, The Christmas Oratorio and his opera Samson and Dalilah are extremely popular today.

Among his instrumental works, the Piano Concertos by Saint-Saëns and the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto are regularly featured in the modern concert repertoire. The Saint-Saëns Piano Works and the Organ Works by Saint-Saëns, which cover all difficulty levels, are often used by musicians as part of their professional training and development. A work of note is the Symphony No.3 by Saint-Saëns. In this ’organ symphony’, the composer uses the ’queen of instruments’ to create a special timbre within the orchestra.

One of the most famous works by Camille Saint-Saëns is the The Carnival of Animals, with which he enjoyed great success, just a few years before his death.

Reception

At first, Saint-Saëns’ musical ideas were regarded as ’revolutionary’, and were initially very successful abroad, before gaining popularity at home. It was not, however, until the late 1880s, that he was considered an established force within the classic music world. At the turn of the century, a new musical avant-garde arrived, with Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky, and Saint-Saëns was increasingly over-looked, and his fame dwindled, as his music was now widely considered ’old-fashioned’.

Throughout his life, Saint-Saëns was an advocate for French traditional and national music, and along with César Franck, he was co-founder of the ’Société Nationale de Musique’, which offered young French composers a pathway into the music world. He also spend his life fighting against the German influence on French music, especially that of Richard Wagner and Arnold Schönberg.

Some more Saint-Saëns suggestions

Collection for Cello 1

Selection of original pieces and transcriptions

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 499283

18.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Karneval der Tiere

Piano Picture Book
Le Carnaval des Animaux

for: Piano 4 hands

Ensemble score

Item no.: 299413

33.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Samson and Delilah – Samson et Dalila

Opera in three acts op. 47

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 318184

35.40 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

Carnival!

A Menagerie for upper voices (SSA) and piano
Choral Programme Series

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Item no.: 186748

6.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Sonate op. 166

for: Oboe, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 773058

16.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

Danse macabre

for: Flute, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 796980

12.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

Six Motets For Upper Voices

for: Women's choir, organ [piano]

Score

Item no.: 161598

6.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Cavatine op. 144

Musique Française

for: Tenor trombone, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 696326

15.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Introduction et Rondo capriccioso op. 28

für Violine und Orchester
Ausgabe für Violine und Klavier (Klavierauszug mit bezeichneter und unbezeichneter Streicherstimme)

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 679843

16.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Complete Works for Solo Keyboard

Dover Piano And Keyboard Editions

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 136169

13.70 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Der Schwan

aus: Karneval der Tiere
bearbeitet für Violine und Klavier

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, Solo part (pdf download)

Item no.: 2692

2.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Karneval der Tiere

Introduktion und "königlicher Marsch des Löwen" aus: Karneval der Tiere

Karneval der Tiere

Musik in der Grundschule
Mediapaket

Book, CD

Item no.: 635337

24.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

String Quartets

Nr. 1 e-Moll op. 112 / Nr. 2 G-Dur op. 153
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Study score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 681886

29.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
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Trinquons

Chanson à boire, op. 141 Nr. 2
(1913)

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 5731

6.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Piano Concerto no. 5 F major op. 103 (Egyptian)

Arrangement for two pianos
Two copies needed for performance

for: 2 pianos

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 679819

29.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Quartet No. 1 E minor op. 112

for string quartet
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Set of parts

Item no.: 681629

32.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Danse macabre g-Moll op. 40

Poème symphonique für Orchester
Eulenburg Studienpartituren

for: Symphonic orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 675916

13.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Romanze für Horn op. 36

for: 5 brass winds

Score, Parts

Item no.: 622820

15.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

Havanaise E-Dur op. 83

Urtext

for: Violin, orchestra

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 623437

24.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

The Carnival of the Animals

14 challenging and effective pieces for two flutes

for: 2 flutes (duet)

Ensemble score

Item no.: 674550

15.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Allegro appassionato op. 43

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 558196

9.25 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Le cygne (Der Schwan)

für Viola oder Violoncello und Klavier

for: Cello [viola], piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 181163

8.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Der Schwan

Der Schwan

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Der Schwan

aus: Karneval der Tiere

for: Cello [bassoon], piano

Piano score, solo part, audio file

Item no.: 1528

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Der Elefant

1475_1.mp3

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Der Elefant

aus "Karneval der Tiere"

for: Double bass, piano

Piano score, solo part, audio files (pdf/mp3 download)

Item no.: 1475

4.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Clarinet Sonata in E-flat op.167

Edition Peters Green Series

for: Clarinet (B-flat), piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 383378

14.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Sonata in E-flat op. 167

Allegretto (Demo)

Sonata in E-flat op. 167

DOWANI 3 Tempi Play Along

for: Clarinet (B-flat)

Single part, Playback-CD

Item no.: 247499

18.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Der Schwan

aus: Karneval der Tiere
bearbeitet für Viola und Klavier

for: Viola, piano

Piano score, solo part, audio file

Item no.: 2691

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Sonata op. 166

Edition Peters Green Series

for: Oboe, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 383300

14.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Aquarium Piano

for: Piano

Item no.: 607739

6.75 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

The Swan from "The Carnival of the Animals"

with marked and unmarked string parts

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 554864

8.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Allegro Appassionato, op. 43

for cello and piano

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 404225

12.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Concerto No. 3 in B minor op. 61

for violin and piano

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 404281

19.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Der Karneval der Tiere

Tiere in der Orgelmusik 2

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 368446

16.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 33

for Violoncello and Piano

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 404152

16.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Karneval der Tiere

Materialien für den Musik­unterricht in Klasse eins bis sechs nach den musikalischen Miniaturen von Camille Saint-Saëns

for: School class

Book

Item no.: 302673

14.60 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Der Schwan

aus: Karneval der Tiere
bearbeitet für Flöte/Oboe und Klavier

for: Flute [oboe], piano

Piano score, Solo part (pdf download)

Item no.: 2695

2.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Le Carnaval des animaux

grande fantaisie zoologique

for: Piano 4 hands

Ensemble score

Item no.: 283676

23.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Le Carnaval des Animaux

"Der Karneval der Tiere"

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 274940

21.60 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Clarinet Sonata op. 167

for: Clarinet (B-flat), piano

Piano score, solo part (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 576999

16.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Danse Macabre op. 40

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 488273

9.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Violin Concerto no. 3 b minor op. 61

with marked and unmarked string parts

for: Violin, orchestra

Piano score, solo part (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 337599

30.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Danse Macabre. Poeme Symphonique, Opus 40 Transcr.

for: 2 pianos

Music score

Item no.: 208369

19.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Introduktion und Rondo Capriccioso op. 28

für Violine und Orchester
Ausgabe für Violine und Klavier, Monsieur Sarasate gewidmet

for: Violin, piano

Piano reduction, Solo part(s)

Item no.: 383383

14.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 1 a-moll op. 33

Ausgabe für Violoncello und Klavier vom Komponisten, Auguste Tolbecque gewidmet

for: Cello, piano

Item no.: 383385

19.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Violoncellokonzert Nr. 1 a-moll Opus 33

Klavierauszug nach dem Original von Saint-Saens (Urtextausgabe) (Urtext)

for: Cello, piano

Piano reduction

Item no.: 150328

26.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Danse Macabre Op 40

for violin and piano

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 255694

12.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Danse Macabre Piano (Liszt)

for: Piano

Item no.: 476282

16.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Morceau de Concert op. 94

Solo-Konzert

for: Horn, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 283776

13.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Violoncello Sonata no. 1 c minor op. 32

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 609239

26.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
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Der Schwan

The Swan - Le cygne

for: Cello, piano

Score, Parts

Item no.: 442566

6.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

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