Note: this blog post has been updated (March 2016). Some of the links and resources in the original version were no longer available, so they have been removed and a few new resources have been added in their place.
Earlier this year I shared 21+ Fantastic Free Resources for Peter and the Wolf, so I thought it was time for a follow-up post that gathers together some resources for another piece frequently used by educators: Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns.
1.You can find a collection of composer biographies (including one for Saint-Saëns) written especially for children on the Classics for Kids website.
3. For more detailed information try the Saint-Saëns page on the Classical Archives site,
4. The Wikipedia article is also very useful
Information about the music
5. For information about the piece itself, there’s a Wikipedia article here
6. There’s also some written information on Classical Archives website.
Videos: James Bond Does Saint-Saëns
7. If you’re after a visual version to show students, there’s a Youtube video (below) with narration by Roger Moore which features the original instrumentaion – an 11-piece chamber ensemble which includes the rarely-seen glass harmonica. Each movement is in a separate video.