Camille Saint-Saens( French composer, pianist, organist, conductor, music critic and writer, educator, musical and public figure.)
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Biography Camille Saint-Saens
Member of the Institute of France (1881). Honorary member of the St. Petersburg Branch of the RMO (1909). Worked at the Paris Conservatory O. Benoist (organ), F. Halevy (composition). In 1853-77 organist at the cathedrals of Paris, at the same time (1861-65) taught (piano) at school A. Niedermeyer. Among the students: D. Faure, A. Messager. Given concerts as a pianist and conductor (played mostly their own compositions), in t. h. in Russia (in 1875 and 1887). Founded in conjunction with R. Byussinom National Musical Society (1871).
The brightest area of creativity Saint-Saens - symphonic and instrumental ensemble music: symphony with the body (the memory of F. Liszt, 1886), symphonic poem (in m. h. 'Dance of Death', 1874), concerts, 'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, "for violin and orchestra (1863). In the writings of Saint-Saens dominate light poetic lyrics, joyous mood, juicy genre, peaceful contemplation, a noble pathos, restrained drama. From opera Saint-Saens' stands' Samson and Delilah '(1876), marked by features of Orientalism. It is distinguished epic oratorio, heartfelt lyricism and drama. From 1872 Saint-Saens, worked intensively musical criticism.