Arguably the most famous work by Camille Saint-Saens, the Swan was the only movement from the Carnival of the Animals that the composer allowed to be published during his lifetime. This work has made it into the repertoire of cellists, flutists, pianists, and beyond.
The Swan was originally composed for cello and two pianos. Because Saint-Saens himself arranged this work for cello and one piano, we are also publishing a version for cello and one piano. Our Urtext edition is based on the composer's autograph, with one minor adjustment from the 1887 first edition: the chord in m. 23, beat 4, which is not present in the original piano 1 part. The piano 2 part is left out for convenience and practicality.
The separate cello part includes fingerings and bowings by the editor.