Camille Saint-Saëns

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Saint-Saëns circa 1880

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (9 October 183516 December 1921), also known by his nom de plume, Sannois, was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era.


  • Nothing is more difficult than talking about music: if it is a prickly business for musicians, it is almost impossible for anyone else—the strongest, subtlest minds go astray.
    • “L’illusion wagnérienne”, Portraits et souvenirs, Société d’édition artistique, 1899, 206‒220
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