Danse Macabre Camille Saint-Saëns 1980s cartoon, PBS elementary school music class


This originally aired on PBS in the 1980s featuring a poorly made up vampire host to introduce and discuss. It was also shown to me when I was in elementary school. One of the best short length Halloween animations ever created. Terrific illustrations. About the piece: Danse macabre, by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, was an art song for voice and piano (first performed in 1872) with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis which is based in an old French superstition. Two years later, the composer expanded and reworked the piece into a tone poem for orchestra, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin. The rest, they say, is history. EDIT: April, 2010 10,000 views! EDIT: October, 2010 31,000 views! EDIT: October 6, 2011 210,000 views! EDIT: October 27, 2012 870,000 views! EDIT: October 16, 2016 2,300,000 views! EDIT: October 27, 2017 2,759,000 views! Thanks everyone!

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