elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Camille Saint-Saëns (October 9, 1835 – December 16, 1921)

Camille Saint-Saëns composed beautiful music all his life, from his start as a child prodigy at six until his death at age eighty-six. He is best remembered today for his symphonic poems, including Danse Macabre, his opera Samson et Dalila, and his songs, including Variation on a Theme by Beethoven and The Carnival of the Animals. Once, when asked if he were gay, Saint-Saëns replied, famously, "I am not a homosexual but a pederast.“ At the time his comment would have invoked the classic Greek ideal of the pure love between an older man and a young one. One of his lovers was post office director Henri Le Libon (d. 1876), who left Saint-Saëns enough money to be able to devote himself to music.

Timeline & Places:

• October 9, 1835: born.

• 1848: attended Conservatoire de Paris, 209 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, Francia

• December 16, 1921: died. Buried at Montparnasse Cemetery, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris, Francia.


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