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.



Snooperking
Im working on an animation to this song so much work lol, ballroom dancing stop motion is hard Edit: I made a video addressing it and why it's taking so long, and the fundamentals of the project.
The Phantom
**strikes cymbal with baguette**
Yaya
Better than despacito
Diepzeevis
Imagine how the composer's mind would be blown finding out there exists a medium where his composition has been listened to over 49 million times, all the while being adored and discussed amongst people who have never met each other.
Rage Sogers
THE STORY OF THE POEM BEHIND THE PIECE: On the strike of midnight during the night of Halloween, Death ventures out and raises up the souls in the graveyard, which albeit are all skeletons, are animated and now free; they dance, party, sing, and fill the land with joyful darkness until morning. At the very end, you can hear the piece go suddenly quiet as you hear a violin solo, which is the representation of Death cursing and lamenting the rise of the sun, marking the end of darkness being completely free on Earth.
Nasus The Curator Of Sands
Damn this painting is so depressing.
Usuario 346
Algún latino con buen gusto musical?
GamerJohn
The very first time I heard this wonderful piece was when I watched Mickey's House of Villains back in 2006.
1-S van B
play this masterpiece in the catacombs in paris what an atmosphere that would be
ESTEBAN BRZOVIC MUNOZ
IT'S SPOOKY SEASON Y'ALL
Jade
only 1870's kids will remember this
Laurina Dottin
The xylophone represents the sound of the bones of the dancing skeletons
TopBunkProductions
Now _this_ is the true anthem for the skelton war.
Ecliptic Tenebricosa
someone: all classical music is borin- me: *shows them this*
TheLangenator
Who else is listening in 2032?
Jennifer
so this was emo music in the good ole times
Wohn Jick
When Spongebob was working on his essay...
Sub2Willne xx
This is my homework. My school gave me decent homework for once
Tony Michael Batista de Lima
Death is tapping its foot To a bewitching tune Truly in a joyful mood Clouds covering the moon In the midnight hour The dead perform a dance Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre In the midnight hour The dead perform a dance Peasants, nobles or kings Like puppets on a string Dance they all will When Death spreads its wings In the midnight hour The dead perform a dance Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre In the midnight hour The dead perform a dance Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Like withered flowers Now skeletons in trance One can hear the North winds blow But louder is the violin The living, their heads they bow For they know Death will always win Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre In the midnight hour The dead perform a dance Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Like withered flowers Now skeletons in trance Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre It's already certain For Death allows no chance
Darkshadow1915
Can you imagine composing something like this? Its one thing to write a guitar riff, but its a whole new level writing a 7 minute song using multiple instruments
Father Church
Who listening in 1875
The Gaming Channel
Commentor: CURRENT YEAR?!?!?!!!!?!? Reader: *smashes mf like button*
Polina Estrada
This is my absolute favorite piece! I'm a violinist, and I love all of the symbolic things in the music. They tune the E string flat so it sounds like a spooky bell (I forgot the professional term for tuning something off on purpose oof), and it's meant to be calling to all of the ghosts for the night of Halloween. The only time ghosts can stay up. And at the strike of midnight they must go back into hiding until next Halloween. That would truly be a hectic party to attend! 💖👀
BIG POPPA
When I was a kid in elementary school my chorus teacher had us sing this every year around Halloween. I remember as we’d sing I’d look out the window and see bright red and orange leaves blowing around in the wind with smokey grey clouds behind them. The whole thing felt very nostalgic and every time I hear this song it brings me right back to that memory. I love fall and I hope that this song helps other people enjoy it to! 🎃 🍂
Andrew Steinhoff
0:17 you know shit is going to hit the fan when you hear this theme
Napstablook -formerly Academy of Despair-
this song is driving me.... in-saëns
Shelton Gerry
This is that f***ing song from the Mickey Mouse Halloween special of Hansel and Gretel I believe and I finally found it but chance at 3 in the morning. Thank you YouTube recommendations for answering my childhood questions.
Zen Madster
It sounds like a journey into the unknown.
Tony Michael Batista de Lima
tradução em português A morte está batendo em seu pé Para uma melodia sedutora Realmente de bom humor Nuvens cobrindo a lua Na meia-noite Os mortos executam uma dança Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Na meia-noite Os mortos executam uma dança Camponeses, nobres ou reis Como bonecos em uma corda Dance todos eles vão Quando a morte abre suas asas Na meia-noite Os mortos executam uma dança Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Na meia-noite Os mortos executam uma dança Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Como flores murchas Agora esqueletos em transe Pode-se ouvir o sopro dos ventos do norte Mas mais alto é o violino Os vivos, suas cabeças se curvam Pois eles sabem que a Morte sempre vencerá Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Na meia-noite Os mortos executam uma dança Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Como flores murchas Agora esqueletos em transe Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Danse Macabre Já está certo Para a morte não permite chance
Marcia Corbin
I can visualize this macabre dance, magnificent!
Silphaer
I remember the first performance of this back 1875 when I was only 461 years old. It was awe-inspiring.
Ethel Alice
Me asusta, pero me gusta.
Noura Masri
I picture a young gypsy woman being chased by a palace guard, running for her life. And she somehow runs into a strange place where all her wonders seem to be.
Musicaholicc
It's funny how i mostly listen to electronic styles and heavy metal, but some classical songs always have that special place in my heart, such as this one, probably my favorite.
josh osborne
Who's still listening in 2018? 😂😎👌😤💯🔥
TheLastGentleman
This sounds incredibly modern for being from the 1870s.....
Delia Vlad
2019?
Neon Link
I could imagine a bunch of skeletons riding across the Seven Seas fighting the great waves and the Kraken itself
꧁Slay Queen꧂
**plays all the instruments like an idiot in bed**
MerleAnne Merkel
If you like this (especially around this time of year), you may also like Khachaturian's "Waltz" from his ballet, "Masquerade." Although in that waltz, the skeletons are likely dressed in 18th century ballgowns and powdered wigs, as they dance round and round, faster and faster... Happy All Hallows Eve to all souls!
le iboy
Shit must've been lit in the 1870's
ᛋ ᛏ ᛁ ᛃ ᚾ
Ayyy Fiona, is that u?
Camryn Renée
This is still my favorite piece I played in symphony my freshman year. I miss playing the flute with that group and I would give anything to be able to perform this one last time. Has anyone else played it before?
AnimeAngel88
And so we go on dancing to the Dance of Death
ulises slozar diaz
Autumn is here fellas
The King of the Penguins
This is how kids got down in the 1870's
Mediocre At Best
A few years back my music teacher made our whole class do some stupid ass dancing to this. The idea was that we were literal skeletons rising from the grave and we basically had to run around waving our arms like bloody maniacs. I miss year 7...
Comrade Swaglin
Who else listening in 476 ?
Penne
Just wanna be I wanna bewitch you in the moonlight
Liam Loup
Excellente musique! Elle est formidable!
Mistifyed
If I ever become a super villain, I will have this song play in the background whenever I'm committing super villain stuff.
maurice meerts
to think where i live its an haunted house ride in amuesement park the efteling
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Philippe Cordier
C'est superbe!
Einalem Ong
I remembered first listening to this awesome music way back Elementary Grade Three during music class.
Slingshot
This must surely be the "heavy metal" of the 1800s.
Jess Hidalgo
I need to find a man who would dance this w me at our Wedding 👌🖤😌
R Draw
Quelle belle musique...
tsum tsum 777
Bonjour madame je vais *Yo hablo francés* XD
Camilas Jaguar
One of my favorite pieces *Ah, ze futility of life*
lauri oho
Camille Saint-Saëns was the biggest emo of his time
Acosmic
you: its one of camille saint-saëns' compositions me, an intellectual: mickey mouse halloween special
Otávio Teixeira de Castro Júnior Castro Junior
Bravo, bravíssimo ! Funesto, dark e tristemente alegre...
UnknowMode
Macabre (😈) : Such a vibrant melody! Me (😊): Want to dance, macabre? ~ 😊 / * \ 😈 ~
carrnil
Brings memories of a scary Mickey Mouse cartoon i only faintly remember ... Perhaps best that way.
Kyra Delemarre
I know that it's called Danse Macabre but it's the efteling spookslot song for now and forever don't @ me😂
Cinquedraghi
This is in The Arcana! I knew it sounded familiar
Wade Donovan
Black Butler
April E
I am playing this in orchestra for our Halloween concert and it gives such chills playing it. #onlyorchestranerdswillknow
xzinox1
Only 1880's kids will remember
b berna bujanda
simplemente hermosa.
Normal Human
Happy Spooktober b0is
caietanus salve
Voilà de la musique qui a du Saëns !
Alexis Kelley
This is by far the best version of this song. IMHO
JoAnne Davis
ahhh, I finally found you! I've been looking for this song for 20 yrs. I first heard this song in elementary school. I'm just so happy.
This is Cutie Ringo Joy
Right away I feel so absorb into the music. What I’m feeling is of someone running around here and there from something. I don’t know if I’m correct or not.
campinatorxbox 1
Everytime I hear this song I picture myself in a haunted mansion with ghost dancing around me in a ballroom
Misael Droguett Gómez
b e a u t i f u l S y m p h o n y
logan gabriel antoine
Favorite Tim Burton song when he was on LSD ^^
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.
Y3llow Po7ato
Souvenirs d’une certaine émission sur France Inter...
Michelle Figueredo
Amazing!
ᴇɴғᴜsɪᴏɴ
2069?
farid mobargha
Fantastic
Natalie Hagler
What's interesting about this piece is that it's supposed to represent or tell a story in which a reaper or demon enters a graveyard at night and begins to play on his fiddle. When he plays, skeletons rise up from their graves and begin to dance, play other instruments, and even celebrate to the music. The song ends with the sun coming up and all the skeletons going back to their graves and the devil/demon dissipates. it's a beautiful piece and I adore it! :)
Janeth Jasleidy Gonzalez Gutierrez
Like si te en canto
EpikHawtDawg
I got duped, I expected a ghost cover but was pleasantly surprised
Agueda Rojas
Grande, inmenso compositor de tanta belleza
quality memer
Saint sans
Tanish Patil
I hate comments where people insult modern music whilst praising this and proclaiming how they know what good music is. Both modern music and classical/romantic can be good, you stuck-up snobs. Thank you to the people who comment their appreciation for this... and don't feel a need to shit on other things.
PatrioticSwellow
Yeah I just played the solo violin part in a concert last week.
Raq sam az
*Yoo this is from weird helga!*
Sofia södergård åkesson
Im at the bus stop, listening to this in my phone while seing some creepy very dark clouds in the sky, half hoping they are some kind of sinister smoke heralding the doomsday. Okay, not doomsday, since that would be TOO scary . Anything dramatic would fit this song, but maybe the only thing that will come from those scary clouds are more snow. Should be a snowstorm to suit this dramatic tune!
Euler Kig
beauty and death at their finest
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."
Benjamin Marks
Ive always passed this piece in my feed, ignoring it. Now, suddenly, I want MORE! Amazing...
Julian Brahms
Que bella obra de arte después de una tarde escuchando música les recomiendo escuchar las sinfonías de Dvorak son bellísimas las acabo de descubrir ojo (qué no sea la. 9)
Shadow Sniper
It's meant to be nice and happy I just find it creepy af seriously it's gonna give me nightmares
OverDose
*When i kill people i put this song on, i'm dead serious you can search it up i'm am actual famous serial killer*
inaldo f. albuq albuq
Perfeito.