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  • Carnival of The Animals

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    Experience these unique arrangements by Organized Rhythm: Joseph Gramley and Clive Driskill-Smith

    Near to the close of the 19th century Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) was asked to write a little ditty for a birthday party. These sets of pieces became to be known as "The Carnival of the Animals". However, before we were introduced to them as the general public he said to his friends, "Well, you can play these at the birthday party but it is the last we shall hear of them because I am a serious composer." Well, Camille composed these set of pieces for the birthday party and they were a huge resounding success.

    His friends begged and pleaded for him to allow them to play them, to be published...etc. Camille Saint-Saens said, "No! I will not allow them to be played until after my death...I am a serious composer!" They persisted. He did aqueous and allowed them to perform "The Swan" which became a signature piece for the prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931). The other movements of "The Carnival", in fact, were not allowed to be published or performed until after his death. Interesting to note, that these pieces have gone on to become some of his most beloved and famous works.

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    Percussion and organ, a somewhat surprising combination with a surprisingly pleasing sound, now has its own duo of performers. Clive Driskill-Smith, the young English organist sensation, has teamed up with the young American percussion virtuoso Joseph Gramley, and the duo will offer organ/percussion performances in the North American market.

    "Not only an exciting two-hour musical adventure, but also a startling clear insight for me into what makes a live performance good, and why good live performances are important for us….passion, technical mastery, and precision…two young musicians doing what they clearly love--making music, not just for themselves, but for us as well."

    The Granite State News, Wolfeboro NH
    • The Planets - Duration: 7 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
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      Experience these unique arrangements by Organized Rhythm: Joseph Gramley and Clive Driskill-Smith.

      Gustav Holst (1874-19340) was an English composer who studied at the Royal College of Music in Lo...
    • Carnival of The Animals - Duration: 6 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 2,999 views
      Experience these unique arrangements by Organized Rhythm: Joseph Gramley and Clive Driskill-Smith

      Near to the close of the 19th century Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) was asked to write a little ...
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