Danse Macabre: The Music

The Music

Listen for:

  • Which instrument do you think plays the first notes of the piece?
  • Raise your hand when you first hear the instrument which represents “Death”? Which instrument represents this character?
  • At several points, the skeletons who are dancing are represented by an unusual choice of instrument. Which instrument do you think it is? (Hint: It belongs to the percussion family)
  • A soft, gentle version of the melody is played about halfway through the work. Which of the following characters do you think is dancing: skeletons, ghosts, or Death? Think about the kind of movement and corresponding music for each character.
  • Sunrise signal the end of the dance, when the dead must return to their graves. One instrument (and usually a particular animal) signals the break of day – which instrument do you think plays that? And which animal is represented by that instrument?
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