Camille Saint-Saëns was a composer, pianist, and french organist of the nineteenth century, he was considered the “French Beethoven” in his lifetime. His best-known works include the Second Piano Concerto (1868), Danse macabre (1874), the opera Samson and Delilah (1877), the Third (“Organ”) Symphony (1886) and The Carnival of the Animals (1886).
“I produce music as an apple tree produces apples.” – Camille Saint-Saens
“One must practice slowly, then more slowly, and finally slowly.” – Camille Saint-Saens
“The artist who does not feel completely satisfied by elegant lines, by harmonious colors, and by a beautiful succession of chords does not understand the art of music.” – Camille Saint-Saens
“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.” – Camille Saint-Saens
“What gives Bach and Mozart a place apart is that these two great expressive composers never sacrificed form to expression.” – Camille Saint-Saens
“Give Mozart a fairy tale and he creates without effort an immortal masterpiece.” – Camille Saint-Saens
“I like good company, but I like hard work still better.” – Camille Saint-Saens