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Camille  Saint-Saëns

Born: October 9th, 1835
Died: December 16th, 1921
Country of origin: France
Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer, gave demanding piano concerts at the age of ten and from 1848 studied organ with François Benoist (*1794, 1878) and composition with Fromental Halévy at the Paris Conservatoire. He worked as an organist at the churches of Saint-Merry (since 1853) and Madeleine (since 1857) and achieved great renown as an interpreter and improviser on the organ. From 1861 to 1865 he taught at the École Niedermeyer where Gabriel Fauré was one of his pupils. In 1871 he founded the Societé Nationale de Musique with Romain Bussine (*1830, 1899) to foster primarily young French composers.'

Saint-Saëns' music has great variety and variability while being essentially orientated towards Viennese Classicism and German Romanticism. In France, Saint-Saëns conveyed a deep understanding of the works by Bach, Handel and Mozart, but also of those by Schumann and Wagner. His symphonic poems are proof of the decisive influence of Liszt and the examination of new means of expression and genre tendencies. In the 1870s and 1880s, Saint-Saëns created compositions, not only in the field of the opera (which mainly influenced the musical life in Paris), but also in the fields of symphonic, concert and chamber music, which had a determining influence on the development of French music in the late 19th century.

Saint-Saëns wrote 13 operas, including »Samson et Dalila« (1877), »Étienne Marcel« (1879), »Henri VIII« (1883), »Ascanio« (1890); five symphonies (Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 1886; with organ); four symphonic poems (e.g. »La danse macabre«, 1875); violin, violoncello and piano concertos, chamber music, organ and piano music (e.g. »Le carnaval des animaux« [The Carnival of the Animals], and from it »The Swan« 1886); »Messe solennelle« (1856), the oratorio »Le déluge« (1875) and a requiem (1878).

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  1. Symphony No. 3

    Symphony No. 3

    op. 78
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : ZO 891954
    €24.50  *
  2. Praise Ye the Lord

    Praise Ye the Lord

    from the Christmas Oratorio op. 12
    Editor : Ehret, Walter
    English version : Ehret, Walter
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SATB) and piano
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English • Latin
    Order No. : BHI 41952
    €3.00  *
  3. Danse Macabre

    Danse Macabre

    from Symphonic Poem in G minor, op. 40
    Instrumentation : string ensemble
    Edition : score and parts
    Language : English
    Order No. : HLA 4490656
    €49.30  *

    Out of stock

  4. Marche Militaire Francaise

    Marche Militaire Francaise

    Instrumentation : 4 saxophones (AATBar)
    Edition : score and parts
    Language : English
    Order No. : KN 16106
    €14.95  *
  5. Marche Militaire Francaise

    Marche Militaire Francaise

    Instrumentation : 2 trumpets and 2 trombones
    Edition : score and parts
    Language : English
    Order No. : KN 18581
    €14.95  *
  6. Meet The Brass

    Meet The Brass

    from Carnival Of The Animals
    Editor : Niehaus, Lennie
    Instrumentation : brass quintet
    Edition : score and parts
    Language : English
    Order No. : KN 18898
    €18.95  *

    Out of stock

  7. Carnival Of The Animals

    Carnival Of The Animals

    Instrumentation : string orchestra
    Edition : score and parts, Concert String Orchestra
    Language : English
    Order No. : KN 9987
    €59.80  *
  8. Concerto no. 3

    Concerto no. 3

    op. 61
    Instrumentation : violin and orchestra
    Edition : piano reduction with solo part
    Order No. : ZO 8002079
    €25.50  *
  9. Piano Concerto no.4

    Piano Concerto no.4

    op.44
    Instrumentation : Piano
    Edition : performance book with CD
    Language : English
    Order No. : MMO 6044
    €23.60  *
  10. Le Carneval des Animaux

    Le Carneval des Animaux

    Instrumentation : ViolonVioloncello und Klavier
    Order No. : GM550
    €22.40  *

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Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer, gave demanding piano concerts at the age of ten and from 1848 studied organ with François Benoist (*1794, 1878) and composition with Fromental Halévy at the Paris Conservatoire. He worked as an organist at the churches of Saint-Merry (since 1853) and Madeleine (since 1857) and achieved great renown as an interpreter and improviser on the organ. From 1861 to 1865 he taught at the École Niedermeyer where Gabriel Fauré was one of his pupils. In 1871 he founded the Societé Nationale de Musique with Romain Bussine (*1830, 1899) to foster primarily young French composers.'

Saint-Saëns' music has great variety and variability while being essentially orientated towards Viennese Classicism and German Romanticism. In France, Saint-Saëns conveyed a deep understanding of the works by Bach, Handel and Mozart, but also of those by Schumann and Wagner. His symphonic poems are proof of the decisive influence of Liszt and the examination of new means of expression and genre tendencies. In the 1870s and 1880s, Saint-Saëns created compositions, not only in the field of the opera (which mainly influenced the musical life in Paris), but also in the fields of symphonic, concert and chamber music, which had a determining influence on the development of French music in the late 19th century.

Saint-Saëns wrote 13 operas, including »Samson et Dalila« (1877), »Étienne Marcel« (1879), »Henri VIII« (1883), »Ascanio« (1890); five symphonies (Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 1886; with organ); four symphonic poems (e.g. »La danse macabre«, 1875); violin, violoncello and piano concertos, chamber music, organ and piano music (e.g. »Le carnaval des animaux« [The Carnival of the Animals], and from it »The Swan« 1886); »Messe solennelle« (1856), the oratorio »Le déluge« (1875) and a requiem (1878).
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  1. Symphony No. 3

    Symphony No. 3

    op. 78
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : ZO 891954
    €24.50  *
  2. Praise Ye the Lord

    Praise Ye the Lord

    from the Christmas Oratorio op. 12
    Editor : Ehret, Walter
    English version : Ehret, Walter
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SATB) and piano
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English • Latin
    Order No. : BHI 41952
    €3.00  *
  3. Danse Macabre

    Danse Macabre

    from Symphonic Poem in G minor, op. 40
    Instrumentation : string ensemble
    Edition : score and parts
    Language : English
    Order No. : HLA 4490656
    €49.30  *

    Out of stock

  4. Marche Militaire Francaise

    Marche Militaire Francaise

    Instrumentation : 4 saxophones (AATBar)
    Edition : score and parts
    Language : English
    Order No. : KN 16106
    €14.95  *
  5. Marche Militaire Francaise

    Marche Militaire Francaise

    Instrumentation : 2 trumpets and 2 trombones
    Edition : score and parts
    Language : English
    Order No. : KN 18581
    €14.95  *
  6. Meet The Brass

    Meet The Brass

    from Carnival Of The Animals
    Editor : Niehaus, Lennie
    Instrumentation : brass quintet
    Edition : score and parts
    Language : English
    Order No. : KN 18898
    €18.95  *

    Out of stock

  7. Carnival Of The Animals

    Carnival Of The Animals

    Instrumentation : string orchestra
    Edition : score and parts, Concert String Orchestra
    Language : English
    Order No. : KN 9987
    €59.80  *
  8. Concerto no. 3

    Concerto no. 3

    op. 61
    Instrumentation : violin and orchestra
    Edition : piano reduction with solo part
    Order No. : ZO 8002079
    €25.50  *
  9. Piano Concerto no.4

    Piano Concerto no.4

    op.44
    Instrumentation : Piano
    Edition : performance book with CD
    Language : English
    Order No. : MMO 6044
    €23.60  *
  10. Le Carneval des Animaux

    Le Carneval des Animaux

    Instrumentation : ViolonVioloncello und Klavier
    Order No. : GM550
    €22.40  *

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