Saint-Saëns – Symphony No.3 (part 1) for Viola Quintet



This late work by one of France’s greatest composers is his ultimate orchestral achievement. It represents the culmination of a lifetime of work and reveals his extraordinary talent. And has been drawing the crowds consistently since its premier in 1886.

So, naturally, I couldn’t resist the challenge of giving it the viola treatment.

This is movements 1 and 2, the first leading into the second, segue.

Although it is not overly difficult from the technical point of view, anyone who has played this symphony will know that the off-beat 16ths that are such a feature of the first movement do take a bit of getting used to. 20 mins M/A

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