The Swan by Saint-Saëns Intermediate Violin Tutorial | Violin Lounge TV #497

by | Nov 2, 2022 | Repertoire | 2 comments

Learn to play the Swan (le Cygne) from the Carnaval of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns on the violin:

the Swan (le Cyne) for intermediate violinists

This piece requires some shifting. If you’re a beginner, check out this easy version right here that’s all in first position.

Get the free sheet music and piano backing track to play along for the intermediate version:

The Swan (le Cygne) is just one movement from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, a suite he composed purely for fun. He performed it a few times in private chamber music societies, rather than large public concerts, and his friends and colleagues received it with great enthusiasm. Apparently the musicians even sometimes wore masks of each animal they represented, which added to the humorous character of what most people today would consider a serious piece. The Swan is the only movement that was published during the composer’s lifetime as an arrangement for cello and, originally, two solo pianos. Back then Saint-Saëns refused to have the whole suite published during his life because he was afraid it would damage his image as a “serious composer.” He even went so far as to specify in his will that it be published posthumously. When it was finally released, audiences recognized it as one of his greatest and most intelligent masterpieces.



  1. Mary Reeley

    Thank you Zalta!! Looking forward to your new class on bowing for intermediate repertoire!

    • Zlata

      Yes, Mary, I’m so excited about it… video shooting will finish next week and after that a TON of editing.


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