Some
of you may know I’m a classical music nut. I love music in general,
so I’m thrilled every summer to teach at a music day camp for kids.
This year’s theme just so happened to fit in with the story I’m preparing for
publication (
a
retelling of the fairy tale “The Bremen Town Musicians”) as it
was Animals, specifically the “Carnival of the Animals” by
Camille Saint-Sa
ëns. This lighthearted orchestral suite, written in
1886, is comprised of fourteen entertaining movements, each depicting
a different animal taking part in a carnival. I’ve loved it since I
was a kid, but teaching about it at the music camp was the first time I actually studied it.




If
you haven’t heard this fun, fast-paced piece, give it a listen and
let me know which movement is your favorite! Mine are 1) Aquarium
(which sounds similar to the prologue from
The
Beauty and the Beast
);
2) Fossils (that iconic xylophone piece that sounds like dancing
bones); and 3) Swan (probably the most recognizable movement from the
suite).






What
music have you been listening to and loving recently?
Photos of Music Camp

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