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Camille Saint-Saëns


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(1835 – 1921)

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was a French composer, pianist, organist, and teacher.

Born in Paris on 9th October 1835, Saint-Saëns was a child prodigy. He had lessons with Camille-Marie Stamaty and Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, going on to the Paris Conservatoire in 1848, where he was taught by Fromental Halévy.

He soon came to the notice - and earned the admiration of - such eminent composers as Charles Gounod, Gioacchino Rossini, Hector Berlioz, and Franz Liszt. He was appointed organist at the Madeleine (1857-1875), and taught at the École Niedermeyer from 1861 to 1865, Gabriel Fauré being one of his pupils.

Aside from these paid positions, Saint-Saëns was heavily involved in the musical world; he organised concerts of Liszt’s symphonic poems, he worked to revive popular interest in earlier, especially Baroque, composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Jean-Philippe Rameau, but he also, on behalf of new French music, co-founded the Société Nationale de Musique in 1871. He also wrote on music, science, and history, and often travelled around Europe, North Africa, and South America.

Saint-Saëns was a virtuoso pianist and a prolific composer. His best-known work among general audience is Le carnaval des animaux (1886), though he forbade performances of it in his lifetime, apart from “Le cygne”.

He died in Algiers on 16th December 1921.


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  • Des_Casadore

    R.I.P., Gentle Giant

    19 Mar 4:45pm Reply
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  • chierules

    Come to brazil.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    not bad

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    неплохой мелодист, не зря сати так усиленно использовал его мелодии

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • SorenAlexShuya

    On tour? Hin hin hin.

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • verusdementia

    ma nigga

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pyromania

    Dude sampled more music than Kanye West... Does that mean I like Kanye West now?

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Kida_Cut

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Kerfisbilun

    Sreamsomnia > He's on tour in heaven. And then in hell to permorm the Danse Macabre. Hallelujah.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • Dreamsomnia

    My LastFM scrobbler shows that he's on tour О__о

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
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  • NeoShadowDGM

    Ever try listening to The Aquarium while watching an aquarium? Beautiful stuff! =D

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • fangtastic_

    We played an adaptation of the Carnival of Animals in symphonic band when I was in high school. It was probably the most fun I've ever had whilst playing music.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Baltoman24

    One of the great composers, all of the piano concerti, the 2 cello concertos, the violin concertos, so much superb chamber music (the last 3 sonatas from 1921- honed to perfection!). There are actually 5 symphonies all are wonderful. Beside the great Organ Symphony the Symphony #2 is a delight! If you are beginning to know this composer, there is a lifetime of great discoveries ahead! Enjoy.

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • loiccv

    Beautiful piano concertos 5 and 2

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • boehj

    such a boss.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • Alexface21

    Piano concerti are fantastic. Carnival of the Animals is majorly overrated, imo. :/

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Camille Saint-Saëns into the Class of 1965. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
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