April 30-May 6: The Carnival of the Animals

C. Saint-Saens, Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)

This work is written for 2 pianos, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, glass harmonica and xylophone.  It consists of 14 movements with many different animals, performances around 20 minutes in length.  Watch the video directly on YouTube to view the description with timestamps to each separate movement/animal.


  • Which 2 animals were your favourite?
  • Do you think the music sounded like this animal?  Why or why not?
  • Think about what the title of your piece is and how you can play the music to fit what the title suggests.  Share your thoughts at the next lesson!