Camille Saint-Saëns

Phaéton in C major

Op. 39

About this work...

Phaéton was the son of Apollo; as a teenager he wanted to borrow the old man's chariot (which was the sun). Apollo allowed him to take the reins for one day. After a brief introduction (which we might imagine represents Phaéton yearning to drive) a galloping motive is introduced for the sun's day-horses. A warning figu... read more