Camille Saint-Saëns

  • October 9, 1835 Paris, France - December 16, 1926 Algiers, Algeria


Camille Saint-Saëns, the prodigy

Camille Saint-Saëns was in every way an exceptionally gifted child. He possessed extraordinary pianistic ease and a phenomenal musical memory. He composed at the age of five, gave his first concert at the Salle Pleyel at eleven and at thirteen he was taught composition by Halévy at the Paris Conservatoire. His talents stunned Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz and Pauline Viardot and from 1870 onwards, his tuition was in great demand. Gabriel Fauré, Messager and Gigout were to be his pupils at the Niedermeyer School.

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