I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my theme this year is classical music. Check out the list of other participants by clicking here! S is for Saint-Saëns. Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer who lived from 1835 to 1921. Today’s featured video is Saint- Saëns’ seventh movement, Aquarium from The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux), starring sea creatures from the Sydney Aquarium. There is also a bonus S today, stay tuned...
Video link: https://youtu.be/IyFpZ5MZ7kk
|Photograph by Nadar|
· Camille Saint-Saëns had perfect pitch at the age of 3. In school, he did well with many subjects. As an adult, he maintain interest in astronomy, botany, geology, butterflies, and math.
· Franz Liszt was a friend and supporter of Saint-Saëns in his early career. Liszt called him “the greatest organist in the world.”
· In 1886, Saint-Saëns composed two of his greatest works, The Carnival of the Animals and the Symphony No. 3 “Organ.” The Organ Symphony was dedicated to Liszt and it was used as the main theme in the movie, Babe.
· Saint-Saëns enjoyed traveling and spent a lot of time on holiday in the 1890s. During that time, he wrote Africa in G minor and the Piano Concerto No. 5 “Egyptian”.
|I own this album :)|
· The Carnival of the Animals was written just for fun. Saint-Saëns was afraid the piece would make him appear he was not a serious composer. So after two private performances, he banned Carnival, except for the thirteenth movement, Swan. He wrote in his will that the entire piece could be released posthumously.
· The Carnival of the Animals is often recorded with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra as a collection for children.
Yesterday’s trivia: Rachmaninoff was tall and he rarely smiled for photographs, what nickname did this earn him? Answer: The “six-foot scowl”.
For this challenge, I’m keeping a playlist of the videos I’m using plus some extras for anyone who wants to hear more. I will update with the latest letter each day. The video I added today is another movement from Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals. Yo Yo Ma is playing the cello in the very beautiful thirteenth movement, Swan.
Do you know any other works by Camille Saint-Saëns (he wrote many in his lifetime)? Which of his pieces is meant to envision Death playing a fiddle? Answer Tomorrow.
BONUS S: SEISMIC CRIMES!
As a bonus S for today, I would like to share that author and fellow blogger, Chrys Fey is releasing her first novel, Seismic Crimes. Congratulations Chrys!
BLURB: An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.
Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.
When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?
ALSO AVAILABLE IN PRINT!