A year and a half ago (really? wow) Neil Gaiman wrote, regarding the audio book version of The Graveyard Book:
We started talking about what kind of music we’d like on it. “The Saint Saens Danse Macabre,” I said, “…as long as it isn’t a version we’ve heard before.”
By which I meant not a standard orchestral version, or a piano version. Not the Jonathan Creek version either. We started talking about takes on the Danse Macabre that might be odd and interesting, how we should go and find … the Danse Macabre arranged for banjo and clarinet… and about how hard it would be to find versions like that.
Apparently a few days later, Bela Fleck called up. When the audio book came out, it had snippets of Danse Macabre arranged for banjo and cello, played by Fleck and Ben Sollee. How cool is that?
And as of yesterday the whole piece is available on iTunes. It’s wonderful.