Bence Juhász, Edit Székely

February 18, 2023
3:30 PM
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Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals


Host: Edit Székely


Bence Juhász
The concert serie of MÁV Symphony Orchestra for primary school children

A famous French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), the composer of great operas, symphonies and organ works, wrote a humorous musical suite for two pianos and orchestra, titled The Carnival of the Animals. It tells the story of a lion, the king of the animals, invites his subjects to a huge carnival ball. Parts of the music describe these animals, very neatly and full of humor. For example, the listener can hear the braying of the donkey and the clucking of the hens, and the music also recognizably depicts silent animals, such as fish and turtles. Among the participants of the ball are guests who are not animals, such as fossils. The most peculiar is the movement ’The Pianists’. After the introduction of the individual characters, the last movement of the work features a fast and cheerful dance music, in which all the characters who have been introduced one by one appear; scarcely but still clearly recognizable.

We would love if children made their own animal masks for the occasion, to wear them at the concert. We wish you a lot of fun with your creative ideas and a special concert experience!

About the concert series: the MAV Symphony Orchestra relaunched its youth series entitled Concerts for Grandchildren and Grandparents which has been a success ever since. the fundamental idea of the series is to share with children the musical experience given by the beautiful sound of the symphony orchestra, and to broaden their knowledge by familiarizing them with the masterpieces of classical music. The program is tailored to the receptivity of children, and is led by a professional presenter, in order to further facilitate their understanding of the music they hear.