The Swan

Le Cygne


Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Category: Classical

The Swan (known also by its French title Le Cygne) is the second-last movement in Camille Saint-Saens' composition called The Carnival of the Animals. It perfectly captures the graceful glide and elegance of a swimming swan with the slow beautiful melody (usually played by cello) and the rippling accompaniment underneath of the piano. It can also be performed by piano solo, or other combinations of instruments -- harp & violin would be a lovely duo, for example.

The young pop-opera trio Il Volo released a vocal version of The Swan, calling it Notte Stellata (Nights of Stars) in 2010. You can hear a clip of it in the playlist below, and the lyrics and translation are under that.


Free sheet music (piano solo)

Sheet music (cello/piano)
Sheet music (C instrument/piano) - i.e. flute/piano or violin/piano)


LYRICS

Italian
"Notta Stellata"


Guarda che lago che luna c'è
Le stelle in cielo brillano per noi

In questa notte stregata
La mia serenata canterò per te

Quanto ti amo tu non lo sai
Nei miei pensieri tu sola sei

Accanto a te sarò sempre

Ti cercherò tra la gente

Quanto ti amo ora lo sai

Noi tuoi pensieri

Sempre io sarò
Guarda che notte stellata

D'amore per noi
Io t'amo sai

Tu mi ami già
Guarda che notte stellata

D'amore per noi
Io t'amo sai tu mi ami

Già

English translation
"Starry Night"


Look what a lake, what a moon is there
The stars in the sky shine for us

In this bewitched night
My serenade - I will sing for you

How much I love you - you don't know it
Inside my thoughts - you are alone

Next to you - I will always be

I will search for you among the people

How much I love you - now you know it

Inside your thoughts

I will always be
Look what a starry night

Of love for us
I love you, you know

You already love me
Look what a starry night

Of love for us
I love you, you know, you love me,

Already


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