Saint-Saëns, Camille

(1835-1921)
   composer
   Born in Paris and gifted with an exceptional musical precocity, Camille Saint-Saëns, a piano virtuoso since early childhood, was the pupil of several noted musicians. Organist at Saint-Merri (1853) and at the church of the Madeleine in Paris (1857-77), where he gained a reputation as a remarkable improvisor, he later was professor at the Niedermeyer School in Paris (1861-65), where he taught gabriel fauré and andré messager. Encouraged by Franz Liszt, Saint-Saëns pursued a career as a composer, while remaining a virtuoso and conductor. Cofounder with césar franck, edouard lalo, jules massenet, georges bizet, henri duparc, and gabriel fauré of the Société nationale de musique (1871), he became an out-spoken opponent of Richard Wagner, a German composer whom he had originally admired. Written in the French classical tradition, Saint-Saëns's music is elegant and precise in detail and his work would have a great influence on claude debussy and maurice ravel. His compositions include the opera Samson et Dalila, Messe solonnelle (1856), Requiem (1878), and about 100 melodies.

France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present . 1884.

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  • Camille Saint-Saens — Camille Saint Saëns Charles Camille Saint Saëns [ʃaʀl kaˈmij sɛ̃ˈsɑ̃s] (* 9. Oktober 1835 in Paris; † 16. Dezember 1921 in Algier) war ein französischer Pianist, Organist, Musikwissenschaftler, Mus …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Saint Saens — Camille Saint Saëns Charles Camille Saint Saëns [ʃaʀl kaˈmij sɛ̃ˈsɑ̃s] (* 9. Oktober 1835 in Paris; † 16. Dezember 1921 in Algier) war ein französischer Pianist, Organist, Musikwissenschaftler, Mu …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Camille Saint-Saëns — Charles Camille Saint Saëns [ʃaʁl kamij sɛ̃sɑ̃s] (* 9. Oktober 1835 in Paris; † 16. Dezember 1921 in Algier) war ein französischer Pianist, Organist, Musikwissenschaftler …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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