Important Update: Due to the extreme weather, the DSO has not yet started rehearsing this week’s program. Therefore, we are very sorry to announce the cancellation of our Thursday performance of Beethoven's "Pastoral".

Camille Saint-Saëns
DATES

Born October 9, 1835 in Paris, France
Died December 16, 1921 in Algiers, Algeria

NATIONALITY

French

STYLE/PERIOD

Romantic 1820-1910

FAMOUS WORKS

Carnival of the Animals, various orchestral, chamber, choral, and operatic works.

Camille Saint-Saëns

BIOGRAPHY


When Camille Saint-Saëns was just a toddler, his mother and his great-aunt began teaching him music. He was only five years old when he gave his first public piano performance. When he was seven, he began to study with other teachers, and he had already begun composing his own music. He became one of the most famous French composers.

Saint-Saëns also liked to write poetry, scientific papers, and essays about music. Sometimes he made enemies because he insulted his fellow musicians when he wrote about them.

One of Saint-Saëns’ most well-known compositions, The Carnival of the Animals, was originally written to make fun of some of his friends. Now, it is enjoyed by children all over the world for the pictures it paints of animals.