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Around the turn of this century, a composer named Camille Saint-Saens wrote
a satirical zoological-fantasy called “Le Carnaval des Animaux.” Aside from
one movement of this piece, “The Swan”, Saint-Saens didn’t allow this work
to be published or even performed until a year had elapsed after his death.
(He died in 1921.)
Most of us know the “Swan” movement rather well, with its smooth,
flowing cello melody against a calm background; but I’ve been having this
What if he had written this piece with lyrics, as a song to be sung?
And, further, what if he had accompanied this song with a musical saw? (This
instrument really does exist, often played by percussionists!) Then the
piece would be better known as:
SAINT-SAENS’ SAW SONG “SWAN”!