Friday spooky dance

October 28, 2022

Happy birthday, Camille

October 9, 2022

In honor of the birthday of Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), here is the finale from his third symphony, played by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.

Happy birthday, Camille

October 9, 2018

Camille Saint-Saëns was born in Paris on October 9, 1835. He began playing piano at the age of three, was composing at the age of five, and made his debut as a concert pianist at the age of ten. In addition to having perfect pitch, he also had a phenomenal memory; while still in his teens, he was able to play all thirty-two of Beethoven’s piano sonatas from memory. He trained as an organist at the Paris Conservatory, after which he worked as a church organist to pay the bills while he established himself as a composer and performer. No less an authority than Franz Liszt declared Saint-Saëns to be the finest organist in the world.

In the course of a long and productive life, Saint-Saëns visited twenty-seven countries on five continents and gave countless performances. He composed hundreds of works in a variety of genres, from symphonies and operas to pieces for solo keyboard and almost everything in between. Here is one of his enduringly popular works, the tone poem Danse Macabre, composed in 1874.

Sunday musical offering

April 2, 2017

Happy birthday, Camille

October 9, 2016

In honor of the birthday of Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), here is a performance by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott of “The Swan” from The Carnival of the Animals, composed in 1886. 

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