Havanaise (Saint-Saëns)

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The Havanaise in E major (French: Havanaise en mi majeur), Op. 83, is a composition for violin and orchestra based on the habanera rhythm, written in 1887 by Camille Saint-Saëns for Spanish violinist Diaz Albertini.[1][2] It is one of the standards of the classical concertante repertoire.

Structure[edit]

The composition consists of a single multi-tempo movement marked, Allegretto lusinghiero-Allegro-Tempo primo-Allegretto-Allegro non troppo-Più Allegro-Allegretto-Lento and lasts around nine and a half minutes in performance.

Video Example[edit]

Saint-Saëns, Havanaise, Op. 83. Performed by Mohamed Harb and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.

"Havanaise, Op. 83". Youtube. 21 June 2009. Retrieved May 2013. 

In Popular Culture[edit]

A minor variation on "Havanaise," as well as the original piece, make up the main theme of the film The Ninth Gate.[3] A brief segment is played many times on the sound track of Rainer Fassbinder's film Effi Briest.[citation needed] The initial phrase also supplies the melody to the popular song Sugartime by Charles Phillips and Odis Echols.[citation needed]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ (Roeder 2003, p. 288)
  2. ^ (Rosman 2000)
  3. ^ "The Ninth Gate (1999) - Soundtracks". Retrieved May 2013. 
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