Carnival of the Animals
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Includes activity booklet
Includes activity booklet PDF
"Elephants are useful friends, They come with handles at both ends..."
About Carnival of the Animals
The Story: American poet Ogden Nash was invited to write a series of humorous animal poems to go with Saint-Saëns' musical composition.
Lions roar, elephants dance, roosters whistle, and fossils clatter in this brilliant, new child-friendly recording of Carnival of the Animals. (Many people know this music from Disney's movie Fantasia 2000.) Conductor Stephen Simon with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Young Concert Artists' winners, pianists Donna Kwong and Wendy Chen give this recording a wonderful, youthful interpretation.
The Extras: The activity booklet includes a biography on Camille Saint-Saëns and sheet music and lyrics for the "Au Clair de la Lune" sing-along. The booklet also contains the complete Ogden Nash versus illustrated by Anne Wildsorf so that you can follow along with the music.
After listening, download the free Carnival of the Animals curriculum guide with unit studies in math, science, history, and more! Use them with the music to create your own Carnival of the Animals activities & homeschool lessons and print out these Au Clair de la Lune sheet music duets for students.
Recommended for ages 3+ and families
In the Royal March of the Lion, the strings and pianos create a stately march, and the pianos do a low roll, evoking the sounds of a lion roaring
The strings and piano portray the pecking of Hens and Roosters
Two pianos portray the Wild Donkeys running
You might recognize the song Saint-Saëns satirically uses in the Tortoises movement, played by the strings and piano
The double bass portrays The Elephant in this heavy-footed theme
Two pianists hop along the keyboard, evoking the sounds of hopping Kangaroos
Strings, piano, and flute create the peaceful, floating sounds of an Aquarium
The violins create the high and low sounds of a donkey in Characters with Long Ears
The Cuckoo is portrayed by a two note repeating pattern in the clarinet, while two pianos play soft chords in the background
The flute portrays the bird in the Aviary movement while the strings and piano create the sounds of nature in the background
Two pianists practice their scales in the Pianists, with loud chords aided by the strings when modulating from one key to another
The Fossils theme is played by the xylophone, along with strings, two pianos, and clarinet
The Swan melody is played by the cello with piano accompaniment