I bet that you look good on the danse floor

I bet that you look good on the danse floor

I’m currently a little obsessed with finding the perfect version of Saint-Saens’s Danse Macabre.  Well, without actually buying some sort of album.  I want to see what’s out there on the interweb.  So far I have a version with only violin and piano (which is oddly staccato) and one by a cello trio (which doesn’t have enough variety of noise).  There’s a version on YouTube, which you’d think I’d link to, with a description of what’s going on with every instrument and why.  It’s great, full orchestra and all that, but it’s – I say again – on YouTube.

Danse Macabre, of course, feels a bit hackneyed to us these days.  Years of abuse (and the kiddy self-parody of the Fossil Movement of Saint-Saens’s own Carnival of the Animals) makes it seem somewhat plinky-plonky and cutesy.  But I’ve been listening, again and again, and I’m slowly working my brain away from the cliché.  I think it’s great.

2 thoughts on “I bet that you look good on the danse floor”

  1. Blimey, an answer! Thanks, Aq, I shall check out your recommendations.

    And yes, still here.

  2. I went though a stage of listening to covers of Danse Macabre, but I pretty much lost all of them in the Great Hard Drive Crash of '05. Recently I've been listening to a lot of versions of The Libertango, which has a lot of the same iconicality of phrasing, but without the social culture that DM inhabits, and – especially – without Jonathan Fucking Creek.


    There are two nice versions of Dance Macabre on Anderson & Roe's CD "Reimaginings", which I'd recommend giving a listen if you can find such on tintertubifiationalities.

    If you can't, shout, and I'm sure I can find webspace somewhere.

    Are you still in Walthamstow?

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