1st F Horn 2nd F Horn 3rd F Horn 4th F Horn* 1st Bb Cornet 2nd Bb Cornet 3rd Bb Cornet* 1st Bb Trumpet 2nd Bb Trumpet 1st Trombone 2nd Trombone* 3rd Trombone Euphonium (TC Baritone) Tuba
Timpani 1st Xylophone 2nd Xylophon
Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intention to be achieved.
Program Notes Saint-Saëns wrote his Grand Zoological Fantasy - The Carnival of the Animals - in 1186. It was first performed at a Shrove Tuesday concert in that year with the composer as one of the performers.
Subsequently, Saint-Saëns allowed it to be performed only on a few occasions and under special conditions. Later he forbade it to be performed at all, but this restriction was lifted under a special provision in his will.