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Length: 104 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Text: English, French (translation)

About the Author

Camille Saint-Saens contributed to Carnival of the Animals from Henry Holt and Co. (BYR).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1794 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500833649
  • Publisher: JR Publishing (March 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LS0K54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Larry Colson on May 23, 2013
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I originally choose this book thinking it an autobiography by Saint-Saens. It is not quite that. He reveals precious little about his personal life. He mentions almost in passing the influence of his mother and aunt in his life. The book is filled with his thoughts about the great and near great musical personalities of his day. Many of them are unknown to me , I think the dust of time has covered over the significance of some of these people and they would primarily be of interest to scholars doing research on French music of this era. It is amazing who Saint-Saens did know and who he socialized with. He was at ease gliding through high society and even royalty. One does get a strong sense of his high intellect, character, and cultured manners. He writes in a very readable style discussing his own works that were important to him and tells stories about them. He presents chapters devoted to certain personalities who were important to him discussing them personally and their music. Overall I very much enjoyed this book and getting to know Camille Saint-Saens better. As a sort of post script to this review I would add that I learned only a few days ago about some deep trajedy in S-S's life that probably explains why he does not discuss his personal life too much. He lived with his mother until he was 40 and then married a 19 year old young lady against the strong protests of his mother. They had two children. The older child, a son, when he was two fell out of an upper story window and was killed. Saint-Saens actually witnessed the event himself. Two months later the other child died unexpectantly from an illness. He blamed his wife for this. S-S decided this was more than he could bear and no longer wanted to live with his wife. They went on a vacation and he deserted her. He just left her. Years later he wrote her a letter explaining his behavior but they never saw one another again.
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This autobiographical tome hardly scratches the surface of a great man's life and mind. Just a nice catalogue of his musical upbringing and later public events. In particular, I was looking for anything on Saint-Saens' film scoring adventures, having read that he was actually *the* first person to ever write music for a movie, but I was left bereft.
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Great book about the life of an important composer of the Romantic Movement. You really get a sense of who he was as a person, and you can't miss his opinions. He either lover or hated music, musicians, and the teaching styles of his day.
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Looking inside the music - inside the world of the composers is very interesting. I like reading period novels, so this non-fiction period book was fun.
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