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An Aria A Day #58

‘Danse macabre’
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Piano Alan Hicks

5th July, 2020

Putting on his hat as French coach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Simon Lobelson brings us Saint-Saëns’ ‘Danse macabre’.

The 1872 art song explores a French superstition, with death being the leveller of all. The piece, which often features a violin solo, was not well received when it premiered and is reported to have caused widespread anxiety.

Over one hundred years later, it has been widely used by the likes of Disney, Pixar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Korean figure skater Yuna Kim, and Irish whiskey commercials.-which may still cause anxiety for some…

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