Camille Saint-Saëns- Danse Macabre Op.40
For Harp Duet
A detailed, recital-quality arrangement of Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), arranged for two harps. Both parts are balanced and equally engaging. This arrangement was inspired by both Saint-Saëns’ orchestral version and his two-piano version. Danse Macabre’s polyphony is too dense to feasibly work as a harp solo, but it is only a small leap from piano duo to harp duo. Many of the prominent harp moments from his orchestral score are present, including the opening chiming notes, flowy arpeggios, and the Dies Irae. The two harps share melody and accompaniment duties, as the pianos do in their duet, but usually maintain their roles throughout a theme in this arrangement, rather than trading roles at the end of each phrase as in the two-piano version. Some of the musical textures and figuration have been borrowed directly from the piano scores, while other techniques have been modified or substituted to be more idiomatic on the harp (like glissandos in place of rapid chromatic scales).
Instrumentation: Two pedal harps