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Composer of the Month-October. Camille Saint-Saens. Camille Saint Saens. Born in Paris, France on October 9, 1835 Died in Algiers, France on December 16, 1921. Camille’s home country: France. Milestones…. At age 2 – perfect pitch At age 3 – learned to read and write

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camille saint saens
Camille Saint Saens

Born in Paris, France on October 9, 1835

Died in Algiers, France on December 16, 1921

milestones
Milestones…
  • At age 2 – perfect pitch
  • At age 3 – learned to read and write
  • At age 4 – composed his first piece of music
  • At age 5 – performed in his first concert
camille s interests
Camille’s Interests
  • Music
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Botany
  • Poetry
slide6
The Carnival of the Animalswas performed privately in 1886. It wasn’t published until after his death.
danse macabre
Danse Macabre
  • http://www.retroist.com/2009/10/06/danse-macabre-cartoon-1980/

Camille wrote an art song in 1872 for voice and piano based on a French poem and then, two years later, expanded it into a tone poem.

Danse Macabre tells the story of “Death” calling on skeletons to come out and dance at midnight on Halloween night. When the rooster crows, they must return to their graves until the next year.

tone poem
Tone Poem

Examples:

Danse Macabre, Saint Saens

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dukas

Ma Vlast, Smetana

  • Started around 1850 with Liszt
  • Also called a symphonic poem
  • Based on poetry or a story
  • Programmatic- the music is about something