Monday, January 4, 2021

Camille Saint-Saens Epic Organ Symphony And More

Camille Saint-Saens [1835 - 1921]

From a previous post, Beethoven and Saint-Saens Make For An Epic Concert in Jones Hall I said: "... one of my favorite symphonies is by the Romantic French composer Camille Saint-Saens - his "Organ Symphony"#3.  This popular symphony which includes a huge symphony orchestra with not only an organ but also a piano for four hands [or sometimes played with two pianos].  The HSO web site says this symphony [sound] has a "rafter-shaking effect".  It is a beautiful and at the same time dramatic symphony.  When the organ enters with a booming chord to begin the final majestic movement, it gives many in the audience [like me] goose bumps!  Note: In the video below that will be at the 28:16 mark.

From Wikipedia:  "Although this symphony seems to follow the normal four-movement structure, and many recordings break it in this way, it was actually written in two movements: Saint-Saëns intended a novel two-movement symphony. The composer did note in his own analysis of the symphony, however, that while it was cast in two movements, "the traditional four movement structure is maintained".

I consider this dramatic, majestic symphony, epic."

Saint-Saens scored this masterpiece in C minor, with 2 movements [with multiple parts]: 1. Adagio - Allegro Moderato - poco Adagio; and 2. Allegro Moderato - Presto - Maestoso - Allegro.  
 
I really love the beautiful music composed by Camille Saint-Saens.  Here is just a small sample of his melodic music and see if you don't love it too. 

Please turn up the volume and enjoy this French man's epic symphony, along with the beautiful "Swan" movement from his beloved, "Carnival of the Animals', his virtuosic Piano Concerto #2 that is unique in that it starts off with an exciting [I call] cadenza by the soloist, before the orchestra joins the fray. It also, has a long, traditional, cadenza near the end of the first movement.  This piano concerto in G minor has 3 movements: 1. Andante, a wonderful lyrical second movement, Allegro Scherzando, and  an explosive movement 3. Presto. Finally, I think you will enjoy his exquisite, "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor" for violin and orchestra. 

Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 in C minor, "Organ":  


Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals, "The Swan"


Saint-Saens: Piano concerto #2 in G minor:  


Saint-Saens Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso in A minor





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