Camille Saint-Saëns

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Saint-Saëns, photographed by Pierre Petit in 1900

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (French: [ʃaʁl kamij sɛ̃sɑ̃s], tradeetionally pronoonced [sɛ̃sɑ̃] in French;[n 1] (9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921) wis a French componer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (1863), the Seicond Piano Concerto (1868), the First Cello Concerto (1872), Danse macabre (1874), the opera Samson an Delilah (1877), the Third Violin Concerto (1880), the Third ("Organ") Symphony (1886) an The Carnival o the Ainimals (1886).

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  1. Awtho French-speakin muisickers an intellectuals eften still uise the tradeetional pronunciation withoot s at the end, the pronunciation wi s is nou very common in French, even amang radio annooncers. Saint-Saëns himsel wantit his name tae be pronounced lik that o the toun Saint-Saëns, which wis pronoonced withoot s at the end till aboot 1940-1950 in accordance wi the spellin withoot s in uise till aboot 1840-1860, as expleened bi Claude Fournier in his history o the toun.[1] The diaresis on the e dates frae a time when the e wis nae silent, but the diaresis nae langer affects the pronunciation o the name(s) acause the e is silent, as in the name Madame de Staël, for example.

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