It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis, which is based on an old French superstition. In 1874, the composer expanded and reworked the piece into a tone poem, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin….
According to legend, “Death” appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance their dance of death for him while he plays his fiddle (here represented by a solo violin). His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year.
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Buzz Moran of What’s that, Buzz takes us on a field trip to find out what interesting sounds you might find in a hardware store, and how those sounds are turned into sound effects for other kinds of things… robots, woodpeckers, cars, doorbells, music, and more. Watch and then start making sounds of your own!