Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Monday, 30 May 2016

Saint-Saens and the Highlands - We're Mystified!

A sad, sorry copy of Saint-Saens' Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule has us mystified. We clearly have a lot of left-handed pianists here, because the piece is worn out.  But as well as being a shadow of its former self, there are strange little doodles. Not recommended in library music, to be honest. 

There's the end of a piano - we'll spare you that - and this intriguing little Highlander. What does the second etude, Alla Fuga, have to do with the Highlands? It's not a particularly Scottish looking melody, that's for sure!
Anyway, please don't worry too much - we do already have a smart new copy, so this one can be bidden a respectful farewell.

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