About Carnival of the Animals and Saint Saens
1: Royal March of the Lion
2: Hens and Roosters
8: Donkeys ('Personages with Long Ears")
9: Cuckoo in the Woods
The lion marches and roars. [Describe what they’re listening for]
Like most marches, the time signature is 4/4. It makes you want to march – left, right, left, right!
This is in a minor key, which makes the lion sound more scary and fierce.
The march theme is played very loud (fortissimo) on the low strings.
Listen for the 6 big roars of the lion: they get louder (crescendo) then softer (decrescendo). Sometimes they’re played by the pianos, sometimes by the strings, and sometimes together.
LIsten for the two short lion growls in the strings. That sound is created by grace notes (quick short notes squashed in front of another note)