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Havanaise Saint-Sa%C3%ABns

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 French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns for Cuban violinist Rafael Diaz Albertini.[1][2] It is one of the standards of the classical concertante repertoire.


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 ten minutes in performance.

In popular culture

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.[] The initial phrase also supplies the melody to the popular song Sugartime by Charles Phillips and Odis Echols.[]


  1. ^ (Roeder 2003, p. 288)
  2. ^ (Rosman 2000)
  3. ^ "The Ninth Gate (1999) - Soundtracks". Retrieved 2016.

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