Photograph of Camille Saint Saëns playing piano while others watch

Camille Saint-Saëns Quotes

Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist in the 1800’s. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, the Second Piano Concerto, The First Cello Concerto, Danse macabre, the opera Samson and Delilah, the Third Violin Concerto, and The Carnival of the Animals.

Saint-Saëns was a musical prodigy; he made his concert debut at the age of ten.

Image: Photograph of Camille Saint Saëns playing piano while others watch

“One must practice slowly, then more slowly, and finally slowly.”

“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.”

“There is nothing more difficult than talking about music.”

“I produce music as an apple tree produces apples.”

“What gives Bach and Mozart a place apart is that these two great expressive composers never sacrificed form to expression.”

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Richard J. Chandler, BA, MA Bachelor of Arts-Music & Master of Arts-Psychology