Saint-Saëns has four entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame, the same amount as Bruch, Karl Jenkins and Grieg. This is his second entry, which peaked at number 71 in 2011.
Originally it was for voice and piano but, thankfully, Saint-Saëns reworked it a couple of years later, substituting a violin for the voice and adding the full orchestra. There is a complete programmatic story to the Danse Macabre, with the violin playing Death himself and the music starting at midnight hence the twelve opening notes.
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