Camille Saint-Saëns (18351921)

Danse macabre op. 40

Version for Violin and Piano by the Composer
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part (Urtext edition)

Item no.775607
Author/ComposerCamille Saint-Saëns
EditorCéline Drèze
Scope21/7 pages; 24.5 × 31 cm
Release year2021
Producer No.BA 10941
13.95 €
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (Germany )
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  • One of Camille Saint-Saëns’ most popular works
  • Advance scholarly edition of the volume “OEuvre pour violon et piano” (BA 10306) due to appear as part of the “Saint-Saëns Complete Edition of the Instrumental Works”
  • Detailed Foreword (Ger/Eng/Fr) and Critical Commentary (Eng)

In his symphonic poem “Danse macabre” Saint-Saëns takes up a poem by Henri Cazalis that he had already set as an art song. Here the Devil brings the dead to life by playing his violin.

Although the orchestral work was given alukewarm reception in its early performances, or was even rejected, it became highly popular and internationally famous in the years that followed. Of the countless later arrangements and variations (e.g. by Franz Liszt), Saint-Saëns’ own version for violin and piano stands out as particularly successful.

Céline Drèze’s advance edition for a future volume of the “Saint-Saëns Complete Edition of the Instrumental Works” is the first modernscholarly edition of this celebrated piece. This Urtext edition draws on the original print of the 1877 version, while eliminating its many misprints and anomalies on the basis of the autograph.


  • Préface
  • Preface
  • Vorwort
  • Danse macabre op. 40
  • Critical Commentary