Saint-Saëns From Sonata for bassoon and piano
Chamber music with a French signature.
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 6 minutes.
- A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 4.
Camille Saint-Saëns was a committed defender of French music and together with Gabriel Fauré, César Franck, Jules Massenet and several others, he formed the Société Nationale de Musique, which aimed to defend French music from German influences. His most performed pieces include The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals, and Danse Macabre.
Saint-Saëns was highly prolific and composed over three hundred pieces, including five symphonies, five piano concertos, three violin concertos, two cello concertos and thirteen operas, of which Samson and Delilah is best known. The beautifully flowing sonata for bassoon and piano is one of his final compositions.
This excerpt of music is from episode 4 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.
Camille Saint-Saëns First Movement Allegro moderato and Second Movement Allegro scherzando from Sonata in G major for bassoon and piano op 168
Fredrik Ekdahl bassoon
Stefan Lindgren piano