le Cygne (the Swan) from ‘le Carnaval des Animaux’ by Camille Saint-Saëns

Performed by Zlata Brouwer (viola) and Mariusz Kustra (piano)

the Swan by Saint-Saëns (viola and piano)

by | Sep 5, 2018 | 10 comments

Hi! I'm Zlata

Classical violinist helping you get technical progress and express yourself in music by teaching you all about violin bow technique.

This Summer I bought a beautiful German viola for my violin shop in Holland.

I loved it’s sound so much that it inspired my to play the Swan

The only problem was… I don’t play viola. I practiced just this melody for a couple of days (and some scales). Probably real violists will find my bowing technique and vibrato too violinistic, but sometimes it’s good to just follow your inspiration and play with it.

I enjoyed this big beauty and the music very much, but the viola is not mine to keep. We had a short affair and I hope you enjoy the result.

Click here on the button below for the piano accompaniment I used, so you can play along yourself.


  1. Hannah

    Zlata that is beautiful,

  2. Joanna Mulvey

    So lovely to hear you playing the viola, thank you for that, and I hope you might include some more pieces on the viola in future.

  3. william carter

    Very beautiful piece. Loved how the notes just flowed so perfectly. Like the wind blows.

  4. Wendy

    Amazingly beautiful piece and delivery of it! Thank you for sharing-and continue to do so! I truly enjoy your playing the heart-felt music!

  5. Elena

    I’m learning the viola and benefited from seeing how your arm moves while bowing. The angle shot was excellent for observing. Thank you.


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