Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) wrote Les Carnaval des Animaux - The Carnival of the Animals, in 1886.

Of the 14 movements in this piece, 3 require a flute/piccolo: Aquarium, Volière and Final. The 10th movement, Volière (The Aviary), is both beautiful and technically challenging. The quickness of some of the passages call for alternative fingerings, which follow.

E3  [measures 3 & 5]

Using the standard trill fingering DE3 makes this passage easier. To make it sound more true, play the first E3 with the regular fingering, and then use the above fingering for all subsequent E3. I find that making my embouchure hole slightly smaller helps bring out the E.

Below find more alternative fingerings for E3:

The fingering above sounds pretty fake, but it's really easy to play fast. You can use the fingering below for the first turn, to make it sound more true. 

F3  [rehearsal #1 & 3 measures after rehearsal #1]

This is the EF3 trill fingering, which avoids the cross fingering of the standard E3 and F3, making this passage much easier.

D3  [5 measures after rehearsal #1]

This is the CD3 trill fingering. It may not be necessary to use this fingering, but it's good to practice it and to have it in your arsenal just in case.

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  • Rehearsal #2 - the first A2 should read an eighth note instead of a sixteenth note
  • 4 measures after rehearsal #2 - there is a Bb2 missing in the chromatic scale
  • Rehearsal #3 - the slur from F3 to G3 has been added to the flute part; it's not present in either the manuscript or the score

NOTE: The Durand flute part has no errata.