Fun at Home! The piece, Carnival of the Animals was written by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns in 1887. Saint-Saëns uses a variety of instruments and techniques in this exciting piece to portray these animals, which have become a well-loved way to introduce instruments and classical music to kids. For this activity, use the links below to listen to this piece. After each movement, take a minute to pause the video and answer the questions for each animal. What instruments did you hear? What can you picture the animals doing? There are no wrong answers when it comes to the imagination, so have fun with it!
Introduction and Royal March of the Lion (0:00-2:25)
Hens and Roosters (2:25-3:15)
Wild Donkeys (3:15-3:53)
The Elephant (6:02-7:38)
Personages with Long Ears (11:07-12:01)
The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods (12:01-14:10)
The Swan (18:18-21:17)
Integration alert! Draw a picture of your favorite animal from the piece and share it with us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bellinghamsymphony/.
Need a copy of the book and music? Here is our favorite version by Jack Prelutsky with illustrations by Mary GrandPré. You can order it from Village Books to support a local business and have it shipped straight to your home.
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The BSO is a proud participant and a founding member of the new Whatcom Arts Project, a group of over 30 community arts nonprofits. The goal of the Whatcom Arts Project is to reach our community during this time of need to provide hope, entertainment, learning opportunities, and a sense of togetherness. Each week, the BSO posts learning activities and videos on our website and to social media as part of the Whatcom Arts Project. To learn more about the Whatcom Arts Project and home friendly activities in our area, please visit: www.facebook.com/WhatcomArtsProject/ or https://www.bellingham.org/whatcom-arts-project/.