Camille Saint-SaŽns Symphony No. 3 in C minor was commissioned in 1886 by the Philharmonic Society of London. Saint-SaŽns dedicated it to the memory of Franz Liszt. The composer conducted its premier in London and it quickly became one of his most npopular and respected works. Upon its completion Saint-SaŽn said "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." In fact, it was to be his last work in a symphonic form.
Often referred to as his "Organ" symphony, its popularity has not waned. It has been used in movies, commercials and other forms of modern entertainment including the soundtrack for the movie "Babe". Song writers Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley adapted it to song form and composed lyrics. The final song titled "If I Had Words" became an integral part of the movie and many would argue in fact made the movie.
It is easy to admire his 3rd Symphony. Powerful, haunting and by far one of the most known pieces to date featuring the pipe organ. The melody though simple is absolute perfection. Though there are transcriptions of the symphony for band, I have always had the desire to present it's melody in a di4erent setting with a recap closer to the original work that would be accessible to younger musicians. I do totally agree with Saint-SaŽns. There is no way to improve his original work but many, including myself are compelled to dabble with his masterpiece.
Notes to the Conductor
The melodic percussion needed for this work are 2 glockenspiels, Marimba, Vibraphone, Chimes and Timpani.
In the event you have more percussion than listed able to perform this piece please add them using additional instruments that are already listed.
If you add another glock, please have them play in a different octave.
Chorale for Wind Band and Melodic Percussion
Theme from Saint-SaŽns' Organ Symphony (Symphony No. 3)
Composed by Camille Saint-SaŽns
Composed & Arranged by Julie Giroux
Stiles Middle School Honors Band
Darcy Potter Williams, Conductor
The recording is the 2015 Midwest Clinic Premier
performed by the Stiles Middle School Honors Band, Darcy Williams conducting