Camille Saint-Saëns


Order of Pour le Merite for Science and the Arts, 1901 (Prussia)[E6U]
Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, 1900 (France)[H77]
Commander of the Legion of Honour, 1894 (France[H77]
Officer of the Legion of Honour, 1884 (France[H77]
Knight of the Legion of Honour, 1868 (France[H77]

Positions Held

President of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, 1902[E6U]

Main Events

French composer, pianist, organist, and writer.[E6U]
Organist of the church of St Mêry, 1853, and of the Madeleine, Paris, 1860-77; possessed an extraordinary musical memory and unrivalled powers of improvisation; one of the greatest of modern organists and pianists. His operas, with the exception of Samson et Dalila (1877), have never become popular; his symphonies, symphonic poems, and suites display remarkable skill in the treatment of orchestration. His works include Harmonie et Mélodie, Portraits et Souvenirs, Problèmes et Mystères, and Les Idées de M. Vincent d'Indy.[H46]

Place of birth: Paris[E6U]
Place of death: Algiers[E6U]



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