Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre

 

With this sarabande which combines live and dead, Danse macabre emphasizes the vanity of social distinctions to a common destiny for all living beings. Death does not care whether you are powerful or miserable, she swepts you away with the same indifference. Today dance with the death and, above all, don’t stop dancing…

“Danse Macabre” (Dance of Death)  is also a well-known symphonic poem by Camille Saint-Saëns (1874)

“Danse Macabre” is a beautiful poem by Charles Baudelaire. Here is an excerpt:

“…Proud darlings, despite the art of make-up
You all smell of death! Skeletons perfumed with musk,
Withered Antinoi, dandies with smooth faces,
Varnished corpses, hoary-haired Lovclaces,
The universal swing of the danse macabre
Sweeps you along into places unknown!
From the Seine’s cold quays to the Ganges’ burning shores,
The human troupe skips and swoons with delight, sees not
In a hole in the ceiling the Angel’s trumpet
Gaping ominously like a black blunderbuss.
In all climes, under every sun, Death admires you
At your antics, ridiculous Humanity,
And frequently, like you, scenting herself with myrrh,
Mingles her irony with your insanity!”

 

Danse Macabre peinture

 

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