Saint-Saëns: Havanaise, Op. 83

Version for Violin & Piano

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  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Editor: Christine Baur
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano, Violin
  • Originally for: Violin, Orchestra
  • ISMN: 979-000654088-4
  • Size: 9.6 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 29
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


This virtuoso work, based on the Cuban Habanera rhythm, was composed in 1887 and is a part of standard concert repertoire.

This critical edition of Havanaise draws on both the composer's autograph version for violin and piano as well as the later orchestrated version. Where the solo part of the orchestral version differs from the version for violin and piano, the variants are shown in the violin part as ossias.

The editor offers a concise and informative introduction (Eng/Ger/ Fr) on the history and compositional process of Havanaise; a detailed critical commentary (Eng) concludes this Urtext edition.