Camille Saint-SaŽns


Born: Oct 9, 1835; France   Died: Dec 16, 1921; Algeria   Period: Romantic
Camille Saint-SaŽns was something of an anomaly among French composers of the nineteenth century in that he wrote in virtually all genres, including opera, symphonies, concertos, songs, sacred and secular choral music, solo piano, and chamber music. He was generally not a pioneer, though he did help to revive some earlier and largely forgotten dance forms, like the bourťe and gavotte. He was a conservative who wrote many popular scores scattered Read more throughout the various genres: the Piano Concerto No. 2, Symphony No. 3 ("Organ"), the symphonic poem Danse macabre, the opera Samson et Dalila, and probably his most widely performed work, The Carnival of The Animals. While he remained a composer closely tied to tradition and traditional forms in his later years, he did develop a more arid style, less colorful and, in the end, less appealing. He was also a poet and playwright of some distinction.
Saint-SaŽns was born in Paris on October 9, 1835. He was one of the most precocious musicians ever, beginning piano lessons with his aunt at two-and-a-half and composing his first work at three. At age seven he studied composition with Pierre Maledin. When he was ten, he gave a concert that included Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, Mozart's B flat Concerto, K. 460, along with works by Bach, Handel, and Hummel. In his academic studies, he displayed the same genius, learning languages and advanced mathematics with ease and celerity. He would also develop keen, lifelong interests in geology and astronomy.
In 1848, he entered the Paris Conservatory and studied organ and composition, the latter with Halťvy. By his early twenties, following the composition of two symphonies, he had won the admiration and support of Berlioz, Liszt, Gounod, Rossini, and other notable figures. From 1853 to 1876, he held church organist posts; he also taught at the …cole Niedermeyer (1861-1865). He composed much throughout his early years, turning out the 1853 Symphony in F ("Urbs Roma"), a Mass (1855) and several concertos, including the popular second, for piano (1868).
In 1875, Saint-SaŽns married the 19-year-old Marie Truffot, bringing on perhaps the saddest chapter in his life. The union produced two children who died within six weeks of each other, one from a four-story fall. The marriage ended in 1881. Oddly, this dark period in his life produced some of his most popular works, including Danse macabre (1875) and Samson et Dalila (1878). After the tragic events of his marriage, Saint-SaŽns developed a fondness for Faurť and his family, acting as a second father to Faurť's children.
But he also remained very close to his mother, who had opposed his marriage. When she died in 1888, the composer fell into a deep depression, even contemplating suicide for a time. He did much travel in the years that followed and developed an interest in Algeria and Egypt, which eventually inspired him to write Africa (1891) and his Piano Concerto No. 5, the "Egyptian". He also turned out works unrelated to exotic places, such as his popular and most enduring serious composition, the Symphony No. 3.
Curiously, after 1890, Saint-SaŽns' music was regarded with some condescension in his homeland, while in England and the United States he was hailed as France's greatest living composer well into the twentieth century. Saint-SaŽns experienced an especially triumphant concert tour when he visited the U.S. in 1915. In the last two decades of his life, he remained attached to his dogs and was largely a loner. He died in Algeria on December 16, 1921. Read less

Work: Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40

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  • 76.
    Gaubert: Les Chants De Mer - Recordings 1927-1940
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 801 Release Date: 09/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Philippe Gaubert  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Gaubert
    Conductor:  Philippe Gaubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Sociťtť du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 77.
    Oskar Fried - Mahler's Disciple
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 153 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Gustav Mahler,  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Astra Desmond
    Conductor:  Oscar Fried
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  All-Union Radio Orchestra  ... 
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  • 78.
    Toscanini Collection Vol 39 - Ravel, Dukas, Berlioz, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60322 Release Date: 06/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Cťsar Franck,  Paul Dukas,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Saint-SaŽns: Organ Symphony, Etc / Frťmaux, City of Birmingham SO
    Label: Emi Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 82233 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Christopher Robinson,  Anthony Moroney,  Brenda Lucas  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Frťmaux,  Georges PrÍtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Analekta Compilation Vol 8
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 12/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  GeneviŤve Soly,  Francine Kay,  Luc Beausťjour,  James Ehnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-FranÁois Rivest,  Jeanne Lamon,  AngŤle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Ensemble,  Tafelmusik,  La Pieta
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  • 81.
    Electronic Symphonica / David Kempers, Et Al
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3027 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gustav Holst,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  James Hebert,  Chris Harwood,  David Kempers,  Frederick R. Matzen  ... 
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  • 82.
    Encore - Dukas, Frank, Saint-Saens / Michel Plasson
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55677 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Cťsar Franck,  Sylvio Lazzari,  Henri Duparc  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Henry Merckel - Historical Recordings 1930-1935
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1178 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Edouard Lalo
    Performer:  Henri Merckel
    Conductor:  Piero Coppola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Infernal Violins / AngŤle Dubeau, La Pietŗ
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28723 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Keith Richards,  Luigi Boccherini,  Karol Szymanowski,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  AngŤle Dubeau
    Conductor:  AngŤle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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  • 85.
    Saint-saŽns: Carnival Of The Animals, Etc / Ma, Biggs, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 87277 Release Date: 04/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  E. Power Biggs,  Michel Cals,  Philippe Entremont,  Alain Marion  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Philippe Entremont
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Saint-saens: Symphony No 3, Etc;  Poulenc / Martinon, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89244 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Dancing Flutes / Die 14 Berliner FlŲtisten
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3081114 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerardo Matos RodrŪguez,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  A. Malando,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  14 Berlin Flutes
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  • 88.
    Homage To Horowitz / Valery Kuleshov
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1188 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Valery Kuleshov
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  • 89.
    Sibelius: Symphony No 5, Karelia Suite / Gibson, Lso
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468488 Release Date: 07/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Infernal Violins - Tartini, Et Al / Dubeau, La Pietŗ
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28718 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Traditional,  Karol Szymanowski,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  AngŤle Dubeau
    Conductor:  AngŤle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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  • 91.
    French Orchestral Favorites - Dukas, Debussy, Satie / Pretre, Ortf National Orchestra
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73427 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Andrť Gantiez,  MichŤle Boussinot,  Philippe Pierlot
    Conductor:  Georges PrÍtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Mephisto & Co. / Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 82 Release Date: 03/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 93.
    The Best Of Saint-saens
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556675 Release Date: 09/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Dong-Suk Kang,  Idil Biret,  Imrich Szabo,  Peter Toperczer  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  James Loughran,  Richard Hayman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    Double Forte / Todd Wilson, David Higgs
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3175 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Calvin Hampton,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  David Higgs,  Todd Wilson
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  • 95.
    Bizet: Carmen Suite, Etc;  Offenbach, At Al / Munch, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443033 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Jacques Offenbach,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Jean Martinon,  Sir Georg Solti,  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Sociťtť du Conservatoire Paris,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 96.
    M Welte & SŲhne - Pneumatic Orchestrions
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Cross,,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Harold Arlen  ... 
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  • 97.
    Saint-SaŽns: Symphony no 3 / DePreist, Royal Stockholm PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 555 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Hans Fagius
    Conductor:  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    The Best of Saint-SaŽns
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442608 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Daniel Chorzempa,  Henryk Szeryng,  Michele Campanella,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Edouard Van Remoortel,  Neeme Jšrvi,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 99.
    Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice; Saint-saens, Etc / Gibson
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6503 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Paul Dukas
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Classics From The Crypt
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61238 Release Date: 09/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Georges PrÍtre,  Fritz Reiner,  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
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