Dance Macabre for Samhain

Listen to Dance Macabre, it really is a wonderful, evocative piece.

About the composition

Danse Macabre (by Camille Saint-Saëns)
Danse Macabre (the Poem)

On Youtube

Danse Macabre – Saint-Saëns
National Philharmonic Orchestra

An English translation of the poem upon which the piece is based

Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking a tomb with his heel,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zag, on his violin.
The winter wind blows, and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden trees.
White skeletons pass through the gloom,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking,
You can hear the cracking of the bones of the dancers.
A lustful couple sits on the moss
So as to taste long lost delights.
Zig zig, zig, Death continues
The unending scraping on his instrument.
A veil has fallen! The dancer is naked.
Her partner grasps her amorously.
The lady, it’s said, is a marchioness or baroness
And her green gallant, a poor cartwright.
Horror! Look how she gives herself to him,
Like the rustic was a baron.
Zig, zig, zig. What a saraband!
They all hold hands and dance in circles.
Zig, zig, zag. You can see in the crowd
The king dancing among the peasants.
But hist! All of a sudden, they leave the dance,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.
Oh what a beautiful night for the poor world!
Long live death and equality!

-Henri Cazalis

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2 Responses to Dance Macabre for Samhain

  1. I love thr violen playing throughout. Very halloween.

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  2. Pingback: Halloween Previously on Flowerwatch « Flowerwatch Journal

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