I wonder if "The Carnival of the Animals" and "Danse Macabre" are the same piece? Why are they named differently?

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The 12th movement of the suite "The Carnival of the Animals", Fossils, is copied partly from the "Danse Macabre", a piece previously written by Saint-Saëns.

It quotes the theme of Dance Macabre in a humorous way, and also several other tunes including "Au Clair de la Lune" and "Ah! Vous d'irai-je, Maman" (the tune English-speakers know as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or "The ABC Song").

  • Is "Fossils" then a pun on reusing all those old tunes? Feb 23, 2021 at 19:08
  • @MichaelCurtis It's a joke, but not a pun.
    – PiedPiper
    Feb 23, 2021 at 22:57

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