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
Saint-SaŽns: Requiem, Partsongs / Fasolis, Swiss Italian Orchestra
Release Date: 07/27/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10214   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-SaŽns: Symphony No 3; Moussorgsky / De Waart, Rotterdam PO
Release Date: 09/23/2003   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186116   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso

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    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
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    The Menuhin Century: The Historic Recordings
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    New Year's Eve Concert 2015 / Mutter, Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26147 Release Date: 03/04/2016  
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Jules Massenet,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
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    New Year's Eve Concert 2015 / Mutter, Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26147 Release Date: 03/04/2016  
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Jules Massenet,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
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    Violin Concertos, Recitals
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19005 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 2
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    The Sun Will Rise Again
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11208 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    Saint-saens: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso; Chausson: Poeme; Ravel: Tzigane
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552975 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Ernest Chausson,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon
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    The Club Album / Mutter [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002403501 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Noa Wildschut,  Nancy Zhou,  Lambert Orkis
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  NiccolÚ Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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    The Club Album / Anne-sophie Mutter [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002380659 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Noa Wildschut,  Nancy Zhou,  Lambert Orkis
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    The Club Album / Anne-Sophie Mutter [CD & DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002378900 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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    First Loves
    Label: Visionintoart   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
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    Silver Bow / Ryan
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 520 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  NiccolÚ Paganini  ... 
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    The Club Album / Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002369102 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Perlman Sound
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 551699 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Daniel Barenboim,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
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    Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 136 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Noah Geller,  Mark Gibbs,  Jan Kraybill
    Conductor:  Michael Stern
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    Itzhak Perlman - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002298802 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
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    Kyung Wha Chung - Complete Decca Recordings [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002217700 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jean Sibelius,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
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    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Bťla Bartůk  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Gomberg,  William Heim  ... 
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    Saint-Saens: Rondo Capriccioso; Concerto No. 3; Symphonie No. 3 / Da Costa, Conti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 628144 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Alexandre Da Costa
    Conductor:  Marzio Conti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oviedo Philharmonic
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    Saint-saens: Le Carnaval Des Animaux
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 1962 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Ferhan ÷nder,  Ferzan Onder
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    Complete Vengerov: Recordings 1991-2007 [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631514 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Itamar Golan,  Maxim Vengerov,  Alexander Markovich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Kurt Masur,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
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    The Art Of Zino Francescatti
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9112 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Paul Ben-Haim  ... 
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Eugenio Bagnoli,  Pierre Fournier
    Conductor:  Andrť Cluytens,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Fernando Previtali
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    Saint-saens: Complete Works For Violin & Orchestra, Cello & Orchestra
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 335 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Camille Saint-SaŽns
    Performer:  Liya Petrova,  Jolente de Maeyer,  Tatiana Samouil,  Harriet Langley  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Arming
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    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6657 Release Date: 10/07/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Camille Saint-SaŽns,  Ottokar NovŠcek,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Renato de Barbieri,  Tullio Macoggi,  Giuseppe Guastalla
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