MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - FRANCE: A Musical Visit to Provence and a Carnival of Animals

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France
Les Alpilles, France
France
Les Alpilles, France
Arles, France
Les Alpilles, France
Arles, France
Reserve Africaine de Sigean, Narbonne (France) / Knie's Children's Zoo, Rapperswil (Switzerland)
Narbonne, France
Rapperswil, Switzerland
Narbonne, France
Rapperswil, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland
Rapperswil, Switzerland
Switzerland

The Places

The places visited include Arles, with its Roman arena, the mill made famous by Alphonse Daudet in his Lettres de mon moulin and the celebrations of the gardians of the Camargue, with its wild horses. Accompanying the Zoological Fantasy of Saint-Saens are scenes from zoos, the nature reserve at Sigean, near Narbonne, and the Swiss children's zoo at Rapperswil.

The Music

The music is taken from the orchestral suites derived by Georges Bizet from his music for Alphonse Daudet's melodrama L'Arlesienne (The Girl from Arles), the story of the vain love and suicide of a young relative of the Provencal poet Mistral. Camille Saint-Saens composed his Carnival of the Animals to entertain his friends. The procession of animals ranges from lions to fish, pianists, critics and fossils.

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