Monsieur Saint-Saens: the biography of a composer of exceptional gifts
Comparison of the storyboard and the cartoon
Sketchers of the characters
Hidden bonus: The world premiere of an unpublished work by Camille Saint-Saens
The Cartoon - The Extraoxyan Adventures of Xylophonus on Planet Earth (28').
A new animated film closely following the music of Saint-Saen's work.
Oxyane is a gloomy little planet: since the death of its Queen, its inhabitants have lost their sense of fun. The intrepid Xylophonus is sent to Earth to find the key to Happiness, locked up in a book of spells that stubbornly refuses to open. Here he meets a young pianist, Camille...Aha, does our little musician have other strings to her bowl?
Carnival Of The Animals in Concert - The Ensemble Contrastes filmed and recorded Between 2 giraffes and 3 elephants...(20' or 23').
It's an unexpected place for a concert... but indispensable when you're performing Carnival of the Animals: the Great Gallery of Evolution in the Natural History Museum in Paris.
How and Why - An 'edumusical' comedy in 14 episodes (62 min).
In a live relay from Oxyane and Planet Earth, Pierre Arditi, Sabrina Leurquin and the musicians of Ensemble Contrasts take you along with them to discover the secrets of the score of Carnival of the Animals. Find the hidden references and set out on a hunt for musical terms. Maybe by the end you'll know as much about the subject as they do! Well, nearly.
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