Paris-born Charles Camille Saint-Saëns was a child
prodigy, composing his first piece for piano at the age
of three. He was a private student of Gounod and
entered the Paris Conservatory at age 13. Saint-Saëns
had total recall; any book he read or tune he heard was
forever committed to his memory.
This rollicking two-step halfway between a march and a
polka was originally composed by Camille Saint-Saëns 1n
1890 for piano using four-hands (two people playing the
"Pas Redoublé" was originally written for four-hand
piano. The tempo varies with the proficiency of the
performers, as well as the wishes of the composer and
the customs of the period. During the mid-nineteenth
century, military units in some nations were marching
to a cadence of about 90 steps per minute for the slow
march (pas ordinaire), 120 for the quick march (pas
redoublé), and 160 to 180 for the double-quick march
(pas de charge). I chose an Allegro tempo of 120bpm for
this transcription and incorporated what I believe are
accurate articulations and ornaments within the
capabilities of MuseScore.
Although originally written for Piano (4 Hands), I
created this interpretation for String Ensemble (2
Violins, 2 Violas, Cello & Bass).