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Exploring Music: Camille Saint-Saens

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Weekdays at 7:00 PM

 
Camille Saint-Saens has enchanted generations of young people with his Carnival of the Animals. In the English-speaking world, the magic was magnified by a charming set of rhymes by American poet Ogden Nash. Carnival turns up in Disney’s Fantasia 2000; Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony became the soundtrack to the 1995 children’s film Babe. For a composer who so vividly engages the imagination of others, he seems to have skipped right over his own childhood; his creative genius simply couldn’t wait.

Born in 1835 and living until 1921, Saint-Saens was already playing the piano when Schumann attempted to write his first symphony; and then Saint-Saens lived to see the beginning of the jazz age in Paris.

Monday through Friday this week, Bill McGlaughlin takes us on a magnificent journey through the life and music of Camille Saint-Saens.

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