Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre

Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre


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Danse Macabre (first performed in 1875) is the name of opus 40 by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The composition is based upon a poem by Henri Cazalis, on an old French superstition: Zig, zig, zig, Death in a cadence, Striking with his heel a tomb, Death at midnight plays a dance-tune, Zig, zig, zig, on his violin. The winter wind blows and the night is dark; Moans are heard in the linden trees. Through the gloom, white skeletons pass, Running and leaping in their shrouds. Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking, The bones of the dancers are heard to crack— But hist! of a sudden they quit the round, They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed. According to the ancient superstition, "Death" appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death has the power to call forth the dead from their graves to dance for him while he plays his fiddle (represented by a solo violin with its E-string tuned to an E-flat in an example of scordatura tuning). His skeletons dance for him until the first break of dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year. The piece opens with a harp playing a single note, D, twelve times to signify the clock striking midnight, accompanied by soft chords from the string section. This then leads to the eerie E flat and A chords (also known as a tritone or the "Devil's chord") played by a solo violin, representing death on his fiddle. After which the main theme is heard on a solo flute and is followed by a descending scale on the solo violin. The rest of the orchestra, particularly the lower instruments of the string section, then joins in on the descending scale. The main theme and the scale is then heard throughout the various sections of the orchestra until it breaks to the solo violin and the harp playing the scale. The piece becomes more energetic and climaxes at this point; the full orchestra playing with strong dynamics.Towards the end of the piece, there is another violin solo, now modulating, which is then joined by the rest of the orchestra. The final section, a pianissimo, represents the dawn breaking and the skeletons returning to their graves. The piece makes particular use of the xylophone in a particular theme to imitate the sounds of rattling bones. Saint-Saëns uses a similar motif in the Fossils part of his Carnival of the Animals. [from Wikipedia] Artwork:Remedios Varo,"Les Feuilles Mortes". Played by:National Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor:Leopold Stokowski.



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Make and Play TV
Hey that's artwork by Remedios Varo, perfect for Danse Macabre 😊
Sayaka*Ichigo*Kamishiro*Arclight*[SIKA]
Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The story the man wrote was about a happy prince who loved everyone and was loved by everyone. The people fought, each wanting him to love them and them alone, and an evil raven pecked at the loving hearts of one person after another. The more the prince loved them and tried to save them, the more the people's love just fed the raven. In the end, the raven thought, "I’d like to try eating the prince’s heart, the most delicious one of all."
Nasus The Curator Of Sands
Damn this painting is so depressing.
Andre Nadra
Musique parfaite adorable
ithinkimcool
this piece is so good! it gives me chills every time i listen to it...
Julian 52
Alguno habla español...?
Richardsen
"The piece opens with a harp playing a single note, D, twelve times to signify the clock striking midnight, accompanied by soft chords from the string section. This then leads to the eerie E flat and A chords (also known as a tritone or the "Devil's chord") played by a solo violin, representing death on his fiddle. After which the main theme is heard on a solo flute and is followed by a descending scale on the solo violin. The rest of the orchestra, particularly the lower instruments of the string section, then joins in on the descending scale. The main theme and the scale is then heard throughout the various sections of the orchestra until it breaks to the solo violin and the harp playing the scale. The piece becomes more energetic and climaxes at this point; the full orchestra playing with strong dynamics.Towards the end of the piece, there is another violin solo, now modulating, which is then joined by the rest of the orchestra. The final section, a pianissimo, represents the dawn breaking and the skeletons returning to their graves. " I love this piece even more know, having now discovered its meaning.
Chrissy Weaver
This entire piece was used in the Halloween House of Mouse, when Minnie and Mickey were in silent episode dedicated to Hansel & Gretel. This was the only audio. It was perfect for it.
Tadros Mansour
Silence is painful after listening to this work of art.
Ludwig van Beethoven
1:59 FUUUUGUE !!!!
Anna Surányi
To anyone who says classical music is boring, I would show this piece.
Water
*wait this isnt ghost*
Blake
So this is what death sounds like
Giorno Giovanna
Does anyone remember Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book”? If anyone does, then you should also remember the chapter “The Danse Macabray” with basically the same premise, though tweaked for the story.
Breandan Downey
How come music has devolved from classics like this to absolute shit like today?
TraumaDog
Fiona?
Fulano de Tal
I'm in the smart part of youtube again
vasquez 088
I've never listen to this but I had a dream about me dancing around a lot of demons starring at me and I was dancing to this song... what a normal dream!
Angelina Dugan
I can listen to this piece over and over again.
Darth Tyrannus
Is that Shrek’s wife in the picture?
Jean Dallem
Thank you for sharing this video, but to be accurate I suggest you to remove Halloween from your comment. It does not exist in French culture and Saint-Saëns had probably never heard about it, he refers to the All Saints' day
Jo L Ri
4:44 Ho j'entend presque une musique de Full metal Alchemist <3
ScienceTastic
Just in my opinion, but this would be a GREAT Harry Potter theme song!
Aleksandra Szejnoga
My fave piece of Saint-Saens along The Swan. Amazing.
Joe Rudy
Tim Burton must love it
ki Delicia
Cadê os brs amantes de uma boa música 🎶🎵🎼🎹🎻🎧
thewaywardpoet
Delightfully dark. This remains one of my favorite classical compositions.
Mihael Keehl
I’m not really into classical music (I don’t study classical music or even play a musical instrument), the first time I heard this piece is during a school concert, and I found it so nice! So after the concert I searched for this piece on YouTube and now it lies in my playlist yayyyyyy
deniz cece
ilk dinleyen ben miyim koca ülkede. nerde bu devlet nerde bu millet?
Sidney Mosley
If I ever go to a ball... I want this to be played.
AMIN CH
Je t'aime mon amour Miruna
Toni Monociclo
Dies irae 2:42
TheOverlord818
Such masterpieces from the past, and now we have that shit of "despacito", and that's how music evolved ladies and gentlemen
mannystella
Now THIS is Halloween music
roger annas
5:44 FUCKIN AMAZING
MRLein93
So I've got a chrome app that lets me go at 16x speed and it sounds like lasers fighting at the speed. Pretty cool
Ruben Buitrago
Used to hum this piece to my little dog. she cried every time I did this, it was a mix between sorry for her and fun because the reaction.
Trooper696
You'll soon be hearing the chime Close to midnight If I could turn back the time I'd make all right How could it end like this? There's a sting in the way you kiss me Something within your eyes Said it could be the last time 'Fore it's over! Just wanna be Wanna bewitch you in the moonlight Just wanna be I wanna bewitch you all night It keeps on giving me chills But I know now I feel the closer we get To the last vow I don’t wanna end like this (Like this, yeah) But the sting in the way you kiss me (I'm loving it) Something within your eyes Said it could be the last time 'Fore it's over! Just wanna be Wanna bewitch you in the moonlight Just wanna be I wanna bewitch you all night Just wanna be I wanna bewitch you, one last time in the ancient rhyme Just wanna be I wanna bewitch you all night Just wanna be Wanna bewitch you in the moonlight Just wanna be Wanna bewitch you all night Just wanna be Wanna bewitch you in the moonlight Just wanna be I wanna bewitch you all right All right! Woh-woh-woh, wohh!
DoNotPushHere
And that painting? It's beautiful!
Non-Identical Twins
This is in Shrek the third!!!
Deadpool8940
My god, that painting sure is bizarre and creepy as well. I just don't know what this painting called so I don't recognise it I'm afraid. Anyway that is a very good classical music.
Santiago Ciro Arias
genial !!!
Rylie McNamara
Yuna Kim
Populous3 Tutorials
saint saens is known, but not THAT known (especially if you're not into classical music) its interesting because he is considered the biggest child prodigy in history of music "It is not generally realized that he was the most remarkable child prodigy in history, and that includes Mozart."
LiriCagliari Channel
Io penso che Camille Saint-Saens sia ingiustamente poco conosciuto e riconosciuto, questo brano è MOSTRUOSAMENTE BELLO, il violino scordato è un tocco molto bello e caratteristico, il vento la Morte e l'alba finale sono rappresentati benissimo.
Rodrigo Limpias
Shrek.??
Sapphique Incarceron
Dies Irae, diabolus in musica ("the Devil in music") . Such a terrific piece!
Adriele Santana
ITS SO GOOD
Jessica Angelo
Perfeita !
Luvie1980
On the next Jonathan Creek....
Michael Coulter
I can't wait for Halloween this year I'm so happy
Rebecca Lowe
Is anyone else here because of Grimm? The episode of the same title is one of my favorites (because of the song, mostly) and Roddy could certainly play well.
Sara Jimena Granados S
Es una obra magistral, solo un genio de la composición podría escribir música tan sublime.
Versipellis the rogue Changeling
Does anybody else wish this could be used in a fantasia movie?
Eleana P.
When I hear this masterpiece I see in my mind a comicotragical scene in a dance party on a medieval palace,where blood would slpater everywhere and a madman with big round eyes would laugh with his tiny canibal teeths and run with a knife in his hand spreading the death all around...
12 34
When you're friends are all into Despacito and Perfect and you're rocking out to Danse Macabre
nanako crth
J'adore 😍😍😍dommage que je sois la seul de mon entourage à aime !!!
Skiantoss
Ghost :D
Pedro Mesquita
"Ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight?"
Nefelibata
Is that Fiona?
Sergio Bustamante
Una magnífica partitura de Saint-Saëns y excelente interpretación bajo la batuta de Stokowski. Gracias a DistantMirrors por compartir esta joya musical.
Rosa Lilimey
Je trouve cette musique merveilleuse
Tj Samson
Disney used this on one of their show called Disney on Ice: Disneyland Adventure (now gone) and this is the music they used for the Haunted Mansion segment when the "ghost" ballroom dancers went out and it was well done. I really loved this masterpiece.
Caoimhe Franklin
I really want to learn how to play this, it's such a great piece
Lord Byron
🇫🇷
Edward Jared Cordoba Cifuentes
5K IDIOOOOTS!!!!!!!
Hephzi Wilson
When I’m in an exam this is the sound that plays in my head
AncientAndroid古安卓
If Saint-Saëns was alive today, he would make film scores. Amazing film scores.
Alex J. Kraig
GHOST
Caius Anonymous
👌😍😍
Ricardo Mauricio Araya
looking for Dance Macabre by Ghost I came across this... wonderful piece!!!
VATAKY
What The Princess Fiona is doing here ?
Carlos I
Interesting story from WW2 related to this piece: "On the night of 16 May, 1942, Saburō Sakai and his colleagues, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa and Toshio Ota, were listening to a broadcast of an Australian radio program, when Nishizawa recognized the eerie "Danse Macabre" of Camille Saint-Saëns. Inspired by this, Nishizawa came up with the idea of doing demonstration loops over the enemy airfield, a dance of death of their own. The next day, his squadron included fellow aces Hiroyoshi Nishizawa and Toshio Ōta. At the end of an attack on Port Moresby that involved18 Zeros, the trio performed three tight loops in close formation over the allied air base. Nishizawa indicated he wanted to repeat the performance. Diving to 6,000 ft (1,800 m), the three Zeros did three more loops, without receiving any AA fire from the ground. The following day, a lone Allied bomber came roaring over the Lae airfield and dropped a note attached to a long ribbon of cloth. The soldiers picked up the note and delivered to the squadron commander. It read (paraphrased): "Thank you for the wonderful display of aerobatics by three of your pilots. Please pass on our regards and inform them, that we will have a warm reception ready for them, next time they fly over our airfield". The squadron commander was furious and reprimanded the three pilots for their stupidity, but the Tainan Kōkūtai's three leading aces felt Nishizawa's aerial choreography of the "Danse Macabre" had been worth it" From Wikipedia.
Anna Papadopoulou
The fact that I've been listening to this song quite a while now and recently I started watching "Black Butler" and in season 2 they mentioned many times Danse Macabre and I was like : OMG I ALREADY KNEW IT (xD). Btw this is a masterpiece <3
hope coleman
My middle name is Camille I’m a hurricane baby a pretty hurricane
DesertTomahawk
Perfection.
john doe
This is my go to song when I’m in the mood for some aggressive twerking.
Jade
only 1870's kids will remember this
Kerth Chaxler
5:23 i sneezed for some fukin reason
Ld Ld
This is a masterpiece. But I'm the only one who think that this picture is very creepy ? 😂 But it's in the theme of this "Dance Macabre". I'm french and I'm very proud when I realize that is french too !!!
lu coloma
Danza Macabra!!!!! Genial..
Save Me
I like the ghost one more
Johnny Barra Rios
Maravilloso
breadmeister
For anyone wondering, the painting is "Les Feuilles Mortes", 1956 by Remedios Varo.
Cäfë Møchä
2 things. 1, the girl in the pic looks like Fiona from Shrek. 2, THIS SONG IT AMAZING. I LOVE CLASSICAL MUSIC. ❤️
Simon Swarbrick
Jonathan Creek theme tune
beatusqui
There are sometimes when you wish you had better speakers...
Nic Dra
It's a Danse Macabre, but it's a great one!
Master César i love you nina
Devil dance yeahh
leticia ayres
Belíssima composição!
Jee Chan
Heard this from Llama arts before.
Badger Bill
The original spooky scary skeleton
saruni :3
Is that a remedios varo painting? it looks like her style.
layse layse
ahhh como eu amo 💕
Treyton Johnson
Man, Ghost really took some liberties with their cover! /s
Isabella Geiser
I always hear this on buzzfeeds snapchat Page..
xzinox1
Only 1880's kids will remember
NovemberMoonXx
Art by my FAVORITE: Remedios Varo.
Munchkin Jax
This was in my recommended and jesus chirst I never knew this songs name but I love it
Petty
There’s something so weird about classical music that gives me the chills (not in a bad way of course i love classical music)