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Charles Camille Saint-Sa�ns Camille Saint-Sa�ns is a French musician who was born in the 9th of October, 1835 in Paris, France. He was raised by his mother and aunt since his father died when he was only two months old. Camille Saint-Sa�ns began learning how to play piano with his aunt when he was only three, where he can already read and write. Saint-Sa�ns had his first recital at the age of five when he accompanied a Beethoven violin sonata, although he did not make his formal debut by playing Mozart and Beethoven at Paris Salle Pleyel in 1846. He got into the Paris Conservatory at the age of 13 and played organ for two churches in his late teens. He has also been the organist for Madeleine, the most prestigious church in Paris between the years 1857 to 1876. ...read more.


In recognition of his accomplishments, the government of France awarded him the L�gion d'honneur. He died of pneumonia on 16 December 1921 at the H�tel de l'Oasis in Algiers. His body was repatriated to Paris, honored by state funeral at La Madeleine, and interred at Cimeti�re du Montparnasse in Paris. Five pieces written by Saint-Sa�ns Le Rouet d'Omphale, op. 31- Symphonic poem Pha�ton, op. 39 - Symphonic poem Danse macabre, op. 40 - Symphonic poem Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ Symphony"), op. 78 - Symphony The Carnivore of the Animals- The Carnivore of the Animals is an animal fantasy that Saint-Sa�ns wrote as a musical joke. It is written in February 1886 and consists of 14 movements including Introduction and Royal March of the Lion, Hens and Cockerels, Wild Asses, Tortoises, The Elephant, Kangaroos, Aquarium, Persons with Long Ears, The Cuckoo in the depths of the Woods, Aviary, Pianists, Fossils, The swan and Finale. ...read more.


Fossils is also another musical joke using lots of famous tunes such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and his own work "Danse Macabre" to picture the bones clicking together and being dug up using the instruments xylophone, strings, piano and clarinets. Although most of the movements are written as a musical joke, there are still some serious pieces such as the swan. The Swan is a G major piece played mainly by cello using lots of vibrato. The notes are usually very soft and slurred for the elegant and flowing tone. The idea of this piece is to let the audiences picture the image of swans swimming in a lake in their mind. After The Swan, the whole compositing is finally being concluded with the final movement "Finale". Finale concludes everything since it is a combination of the last 13 movements, there are pictures of lions in the introduction, and sounds of bones clicking together and kangaroos hopping throughout the movement. ...read more.

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