Saturday, 11 February 2012


“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere” - François de la Rochefoucauld
A relaxing day today with the usual morning of shopping and chores around the house, but a lovely afternoon and evening spent with good friends enjoying some fine food and wine.

For some Saturday Serenity, why not enjoy this delightful piece by Camille Saint-Saëns, “Le Cygne” - The Swan. This is the thirteenth movement of “The Carnival of the Animals”. The piece features a solo cello in tenor clef and two accompanying pianos. It is in 6/4 time, with a key signature of G major. It makes use of legato and slurring, the music flowing and giving the impression of a swan gliding through the water. This piece is often played using much vibrato.

This is the only movement from “The Carnival of the Animals” that the composer would allow to be played in public during his lifetime as he thought the remaining movements were too frivolous and would damage his reputation as a serious composer.

The photograph is of a native black swan I photographed in our extensive and beautiful Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

This post is part of the Saturday Sareenity meme.


  1. Calling by as another Saturday Seerenity participant, good to meet you. A serene post indeed, thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow ... an incredibly beautiful black swan..
    Greeting Karin

  3. Wonderful classic music by Camille Saint-Saëns.
    And wonderful photo, too.

    Regards and best wishes

  4. A superb combination!! I love watching cygnets as they metamorphose (?sp) into swans - the adult black swan is magnificent!

  5. Beatiful black swan. I like your picture, Nick!

    I'm visiting from Saturday Sareenity.

  6. simple beauty...calm and serene! nice one...

    my sincere apologies on visiting so late and thank you for contributing to Saturday Sareenity.