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Camille Saint-Saens

1835-1921

In his music, Saint-Saens placed elegance,


style, and wit above all other qualities, believing
that excessive emotional expression was
distasteful.
Camille Saint-Saens was born in Paris in 1835, the son of a
clerk in the French government service who died shortly after his
birth. He began learning the piano at two and a half and
displayed remarkable precocity, memorizing all the Beethoven
piano sonatas by age 10. His great friend Hector Berlioz
remarked: 'He knows everything, but lacks inexperience.'
Saint-Saens's melodies are always beautiful, and uniquely
French in flavor. Works such as the Third Symphony and
Carnival of the Animals contain some of the most famous
melodies ever written.

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Camille Saint-Sans
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Camille Saint-Saens
1835-1921

French Musician
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The young revolutionary

Camille Saint-Saens
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1835

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Camille SaintSaens
The Middle Years
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Reactionary?

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