Danse Macabre
Camille Saint-Saëns

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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.