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
Saint-SaŽns, Poulenc, Barber / Latry, Eschenbach
Release Date: 02/13/2007   Label: Ondine  
Catalog: 1094   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saŽns: Cello Concertos, Etc / Kliegel, Monnard, Et Al
Release Date: 04/08/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553039   Number of Discs: 1
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Organ Meditation - Grieg, Saint-saŽns, Etc/ JŠnos Sebestyťn
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550791   Number of Discs: 1
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The Organ Encyclopedia - Saint-saŽns: Organ Works / Delcamp
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557285   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-SaŽns: Cello Sonatas no 1 & 2, etc / Kliegel, et al
Release Date: 01/30/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557880   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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  • 101.
    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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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Ernestine Schumann-Heink,  Katherine Hoffmann,  Geraldine Farrar,  Charles Adams Prince
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  • 104.
    Callas Edition - Callas ņ Paris - Arias 1
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66466 Release Date: 01/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Jules Massenet,  Ambroise Thomas,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas
    Conductor:  Georges PrÍtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    James Levine's 25th Anniversary - Metropolitan Opera Gala
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449177 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Strauss,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Grace Bumbry,  Karita Mattila,  HŚkan HagegŚrd,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rembrandt Trio
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  • 109.
    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
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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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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    The World's Most Beautiful Melodies Vol 4 / Phillip Mccann
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4521 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Phillip McCann,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Simon Lindley
    Conductor:  Roy Newsome
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Leeds Parish Church Boys' Choir
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  • 114.
    Most Famous Opera Arias
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 68306 Release Date: 07/19/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Edita Gruberova,  Nicolai Gedda,  Ghena Dimitrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Thomas Schippers,  Lamberto Gardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 115.
    Bel Canto - Famous Opera Arias
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 321931 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Luigi Cherubini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Kurt Moll,  Edita Gruberova,  Lucia Aliberti  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Graf,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Heinz Wallberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Chorus Women,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 116.
    Callas - La Divina
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54702 Release Date: 09/14/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Ebe Ticozzi,  Alfredo Kraus
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Georges PrÍtre,  Antonino Votto,  Nicola Rescigno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Sociťtť du Conservatoire Paris,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    Concert For Planet Earth / Domingo, Marsalis, Chang
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 52570 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Joaquim Barroso Neto,  Leonard Bernstein,  Carlos Gardel  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Gal Costa,  Placido Domingo,  Wynton Marsalis  ... 
    Conductor:  John DeMain
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Orchestra,  Wynton Marsalis Septet,  Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Chorus
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  • 118.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers (1909-1938)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7801 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Licinio Refice  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari,  Enrico Caruso,  Richard Tauber,  Claudia Muzio  ... 
    Conductor:  Giorgio Polacco,  Licinio Refice,  Giuseppe Antonicelli,  Lawrence Collingwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Opera Without Words - Arias For Orchestra
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44999 Release Date: 11/20/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 120.
    The Orchestra Sings - Great Operatic Themes For Orchestra / Dragon, Newman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65430 Release Date: 11/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon,  Alfred Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Symphony Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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