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Let's Go to the Carnival

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YourClassical Adventures - Let's Go to the Carnival

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August 20, 2022

Carnivals are a celebration of culture and community. Join host Liz Lyon as we share some classical music inspired by carnivals from around the world.

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Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the AnimalsThe Carnival of the Animals is a comedic musical suite. It contains 14 movements that introduce a variety of animals including lions, hens and roosters, wild donkeys, tortoises, an elephant, kangaroos, sea animals, long-eared animals, and birds. Which animals does this piece make you think of?

LISTEN — Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals

Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals - Finale



Ary Barroso: Aquarela do Brasil — This is one of the most popular Brazilian songs of all time. Barroso wrote "Aquarela do Brasil" when he couldn’t leave his home one rainy night because of a heavy storm. Sambas like this one are played with big-band instruments during the Rio Carnival Parade, where students from samba schools show off their dance skills. This version is performed by Voyager.

LISTEN — Ary Barroso: Aquarela do Brasil

Ary Barroso: Aquarela do Brasil



Arturo Marquez: Conga del Fuego Nuevo — In Cuba, the conga dance often is used in big festivals and is seen during parades. This piece is performed by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.

LISTEN — Arturo Marquez: Conga del Fuego Nuevo

Arturo Marquez: Conge del Fuego Nuevo



Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Peanuts Gallery - Snoopy Does the SambaPeanuts Gallery is a piano concerto by American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, inspired by the characters of the Peanuts comic strip. Can you imagine a dog named Snoopy doing a samba dance?

LISTEN — Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Peanuts Gallery, Snoopy Does the Samba

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Peanuts Gallery, Snoopy Does the Samba



Antonin Dvořák: Carnival Overture — Composer Antonin Dvorak wrote a piece to put right in the middle of a crowd at a carnival in Europe. He tried to capture all the different scenes such as people dancing, eating food and singing.

LISTEN — Antonin Dvořák: Carnival Overture

Antonin Dvořák: Carnival Overture



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