Camille Saint-SaŽns

Biography

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
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole; Saint-SaŽns / Perlman, Barenboim
Release Date: 06/13/1995   Label: Dg Masters  
Catalog: 445549   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: Violin Concerto No 2, Etc / Kantorow, Ollila
Release Date: 11/27/2001   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1060   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: The 2 Cello Concertos, Etc / Thedťen, Kantorow
Release Date: 01/25/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 956   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-SaŽns: Symphony no 3 / DePreist, Royal Stockholm PO
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 555   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: Organ Music / Hans Fagius
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 556   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix

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    Marina Domashenko - Opera Arias
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3285 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Sabine Kalter
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    Ira Malaniuk - Arien Und Lieder
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    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Fťlicien Cťsar David,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Feodor Chaliapin,  Clement Barone,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
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    The Art Of The Dramatic Mezzo-soprano / Dolora Zajick, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80557 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Margarete Matzenauer
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89183 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Richard Wagner  ... 
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    The Emi Record Of Singing Vol 3 - 1926-1939
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Federico Ricci,  William Garnet James  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard HŁsch,  Lotte SchŲne,  Salvatore Baccaloni,  Irma Mion  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Udo MŁller,  Erich Orthmann,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Luise Willer
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89177 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Carl Bergner,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Luise Willer,  Carl Bergner,  Ludwig Kusche,  Henny Trundt  ... 
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    Prima Voce - Sigrid Onegin Vol 1 - Donizetti, Verdi, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7898 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin,  Johann Friedrich Reichardt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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    All The Rage / Nashville Mandolin Ensemble
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80544 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  W. J. Kitchener,  Albert William KetŤlbey,  Warren Dean,  David Guion  ... 
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    Conductor:  Paul Martin Zonn
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    Stanford Archive Series Vol 4 / Ernestine Schumann-heink
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 5503 Release Date: 03/03/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Ronald, Landon, Sir,  John Stafford Smith,  Geoffrey O'Hara  ... 
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    Four German Contraltos Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89979 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Margarete Klose,  Marcel Wittrisch,  Luise Willer,  Maria Olszewska  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Zweig,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Selmar Meyrowitz,  Leo Blech  ... 
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    Four Famous Contraltos Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89985 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Emmi Leisner,  Karin Branzell,  Sigrid Onegin,  Rosette Anday
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    25 Opera Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8838 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
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    Conductor:  Julian Bigg,  Mircea Popa,  Constantin Petrovici,  Rudolph Palmer  ... 
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  • 116.
    Aria - Eugenia Zukerman Plays Favorite Opera Arias
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3209 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Helmrich,  Allan Vogel,  Eugenia Zukerman
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    The 1903 Grand Opera Series
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 62334 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Faurť,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ronald, Landon, Sir,  Leo Stern  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Adams Prince,  Charles Gilibert,  Giuseppe Campanari,  Suzanne Adams  ... 
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    Salon Classics / The Rembrandt Trio
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90222 Release Date: 11/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Benjamin Godard,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-SaŽns  ... 
    Performer:  Coenraad Bloemendal,  Gerard Kantarjian,  Valerie Tryon
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  • 119.
    Greatest Hits - Saint-saens
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 69251 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Marielle Nordmann,  Mason Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrť Previn,  Eugene Ormandy,  John DeMain,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Orchestra  ... 
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  • 120.
    All Of The World's Most Beautiful Melodies! / Mccann, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4536 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Helen Guy  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Simon Lindley,  Roy Newsome,  Skaila Kanga  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Newsome,  Major Peter Parkes,  Douglas Blackledge,  Gordon Langford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  Leeds Parish Church Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Margarete Klose
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89082 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Wittrisch,  Margarete Klose,  Susanne Fischer,  Therese Gerson  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Zweig,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Franz Alfred Schmidt,  Gerhard Steeger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Brigitte Fassbaender - Operatic Recital / Hans Graf
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 96841 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender
    Conductor:  Hans Graf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Famous Opera Arias / Marjana Lipovsek, Giuseppe Patanť
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 179891 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patanť
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Recital - Donizetti, Gounod Offenbach / Marilyn Horne
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 98501 Release Date: 05/02/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Godard,  Jacques Offenbach,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Luigi Cherubini  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Irene Minghini Cattaneo
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89008 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Georges Bizet,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Irene Minghini-Cattaneo,  Delia De Martis,  Lionello Cecil,  Guglielmo Masini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Carlo Sabajno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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Camille Saint-SaŽns


WORKS
I. Introduction et marche royale du Lion
II. Poules et Coqs
III. Hťmiones
IV. Tortues
V. L'…lťphant
VI. Kangourous
VII. Aquarium
VIII. Personnages ŗ longues oreilles
IX. Le Coucou au fond des bois
X. VoliŤre
XI. Pianistes
XII. Fossiles
XIII. Le Cygne
XIV. Final
I. Adagio
III. Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato
IV. Maestoso
Concerto No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 22: I - Andante sostenuto
II - Allegro scherzando
III - Presto