Carnival of Animals

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by tubagod, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. tubagod

    tubagod Member

    My band and i are thinking about doing Saint-saes Carnival of animals for a contest. can anyone recommend a arrangement of it?

    i´ve had a look at the justmusic site, but couldnt get any wiser about the arrangements there.

    can anybody help?`

  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Gordon Langford's arrangment is probably the best known.
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    You can buy it on the Just Music site here for £25.
  4. tubagod

    tubagod Member

    well thought about that one.

    but don´t want to shell 25£ for an arrangement i don´t know....
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Another thing to know about this arrangement is that, if I remember correctly, it's not the complete suite.

    I. Marche Royale Du Lion
    II. Tortues
    III. L'Elephant
    IV. Fossiles
    VI. Finale
  6. tubagod

    tubagod Member

    but they are split up in movements?
  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    yup! (... but it's been quite a few years since I last saw it).
  8. bassinthebathroom

    bassinthebathroom Active Member

    I have an arrangement of 3 movements - Fossils, The Swan (trombone/euph/bari solo) and the Finale. ( and search in the catalogue). There is a sound clip and pdf of the front page on the site. I'm not sure if there is an arrangement of the whole suite printed anywhere, but my intention is to, at some point, arrange another 3 movement suite to go with this one. We also recorded Fossils with Leyland on our By Arrangement CD ( Cheers.
  9. TubaGeek

    TubaGeek Member

    The Elephant? That would be a lovely one to do for Tuba!
  10. bassinthebathroom

    bassinthebathroom Active Member

    It's in the pile as a possible one for another suite. I know Peter Graham has done an arrangement of it which, I think, features the whole bass section!
  11. boagy

    boagy Member

    Yes he has Iain and yes it does!! ;)
  12. Tub Thumper

    Tub Thumper Member

    Gordon Langford's arrangement is excellent (has most but not all parts of it e.g. aquarium is missing but then I'm not sure it would work for brass band?) and not too difficult. Used to be published by Chandos - not sure who publishes them now - maybe Studio? Some one like Banks in York will know who to contact (they recently got an old Chandos arrangement for me although it was expensive).

    In addition, Peter Graham's arrangement of the Elephant is excellent (and again pretty straight forward) and it does feature all 4 basses (could be done with 1 Eb & Bb if necessary).

    ROBTHEDOG Member

    I'd echo what 'said before, Langford's scoring works very well...
  14. daft lad

    daft lad New Member


    Would you care to elaborate why you think the scoring works very well? Do you know anything at all about writing scores?
  15. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

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