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Carnival of the Animals: The Swan

By 

Camille Saint-Saëns

"The Swan" is one of the most iconic movements from Camille Saint-Saëns' whimsical suite "Carnival of the Animals," composed in 1886. This movement features a serene and graceful cello solo that emulates the gliding of a swan on a tranquil lake. With its delicate melody and elegant phrasing, "The Swan" is a captivating portrayal of the majestic bird and has become a cherished and frequently performed piece in the classical cello repertoire.

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Carnival of the Animals: The Swan

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Mischa Maisky

Master cellist Mischa Maisky goes into detail as he gives a course on interpreting the masterpiece of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals: The Swan. Using demonstrations musical and technical, and with the help of his daughter, the pianist Lily Maisky, we gain new insight into this most familiar and critical part of the repertoire. Above all, he says, the piece should have an elegant atmosphere and we must embody a “reflective, swan-like character.”

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