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Saint-Saens, Camille Camille Saint-Saens
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(1835 - 1921)
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Saint-Saens, Camille: "Le bonheur est chose légère" for Oboe & Piano

"Le bonheur est chose légère" for Oboe & Piano
Camille Saint-Saens




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Composer :Camille Saint-SaensSaint-Saens, Camille (1835 - 1921)
Instrumentation :

Oboe, Piano (keyboard)

Style :

Romantic

Arranger :
Publisher :
Camille Saint-SaensMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1878
Copyright :Public Domain
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (1863), the Second Piano Concerto (1868), the First Cello Concerto (1872), Danse macabre (1874), the opera Samson and Delilah (1877), the Third Violin Concerto (1880), the Third ("Organ") Symphony (1886) and The Carnival of the Animals (1886).

Saint-Saëns was a musical prodigy; he made his concert debut at the age of ten. After studying at the Paris Conservatoire he followed a conventional career as a church organist, first at Saint-Merri, Paris and, from 1858, La Madeleine, the official church of the French Empire. After leaving the post twenty years later, he was a successful freelance pianist and composer, in demand in Europe and the Americas.

As a young man, Saint-Saëns was enthusiastic for the most modern music of the day, particularly that of Schumann, Liszt and Wagner, although his own compositions were generally within a conventional classical tradition. He was a scholar of musical history, and remained committed to the structures worked out by earlier French composers. This brought him into conflict in his later years with composers of the impressionist and dodecaphonic schools of music; although there were neoclassical elements in his music, foreshadowing works by Stravinsky and Les Six, he was often regarded as a reactionary in the decades around the time of his death.

Le timbre d'argent (The Silver Bell) is an opéra fantastique in four acts by composer Camille Saint-Saëns to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. Although completed in 1865, the opera did not receive its premiere performance until 23 February 1877, when it was presented by Albert Vizentini's Théâtre National Lyrique at the Théâtre de la Gaîté in Paris. It includes the well-known aria "Le bonheur est chose légère."

From the lyrics: "Happiness is a light thing, fleeting, you think to attain it, you pursue it; you pursue it, it flies away! Alas! you want a happiness different from ours; your ardent desires demand pleasures. God preserve you from troubles, and tears that can darken the course of beautiful days. Happiness... If ever your heart regrets this shelter which today you abandon, Return! Of all the troubles of your soul I claim for the sake of our faithful friendship, half! Happiness..."

Source: Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Saint-Sa%C3%ABns ).

Although originally scored for Voice & Piano, I created this Arrangement of "Le bonheur est chose légère" (Happiness is a Light thing) from "Le Timbre d'Argent, drame lyrique" for Oboe & Piano.
Added by magataganm the 2019-10-06


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