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08. Celebrating Saint-Saëns

09 October 2021, 1:30pm - 4:00pm

1.30pm - 2.30pm - Part 1: Camille Saint-Saëns: A Life in Song
3pm - 4pm - Part 2: Saint-Saëns and the Musical World of the Salon

Today we celebrate and explore the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who died 100 years ago this year (and whose 186th birthday would have fallen today). Although best known these days for his orchestral works, Saint-Saëns wrote over 140 songs during his long and illustrious career – from his earliest childhood compositions to some of the final music he produced in his eighties. 

In this two-part Song Connections event, Flora Willson guides us through his biography as a song composer, also exploring the impact of his fervent patriotism on his song-writing and considering his legacy and status today. This illustrated discussion then follows Saint-Saëns into the scintillating but semi-private world of the late-19th-century French salon – a world in which the composer’s own Monday night gatherings were for a time among the most important fixtures.


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The event duration is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, with a 30 minute break.


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  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
  • Mai (1891) Op. 1 no.2 from La cendre rouge
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08 October 2021 | 10:00am

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