Trick-or-treat, Happy Halloween! Please enjoy a glimpse of Saint-Saëns's musical accomplishments and a recording of his most famous opera by our Social Media Manager, Jerry Zhang.
His piano and compositional skills influenced and were admired by the likes of Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, Gabriel Fauré, and countless others.
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, better known as Camille Saint-Saëns, was a Romantic French composer born in Paris in 1835. After studying piano throughout his childhood, he enrolled in the Paris Conservatory of Music where he studied the organ and composition. His first piece, Symphony No. 1, debuted in 1855. From then on Saint-Saëns continued working with several institutions, including becoming the organist at the Church of the Madeleine in Paris, and becoming the professor of piano at the Niedermeyer School of Music. After establishing France's National Society of Music, Saint-Saëns went on to compose several of his most popular works, including Le Rouet d’Omphale, Danse macabre, and his most famous opera, Samson and Dalila. Camille Saint-Saëns passed away in Algeria in 1921, but his piano and compositional skills influenced and were admired by the likes of Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, Gabriel Fauré, and countless others.
Author: Jerry Zhang
Editor: Catherine Wu, Kevin Zhang