Among his many accomplishments, Saint-Saëns was the first major composer to write a musical score specifically for a movie. The year was 1908; the movie was The Assassination of the Duke of Guise.
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A Prolific Talent
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns is born in Paris, France
Composer and organist, conductor and pianist, Saint- Saëns composed numerous works including Carnival of the Animals and Danse macabre. Among his contemporaries, the music he composed and performed was typically regarded as technically flawless.
He was famous for sitting stock-still at his keyboard during performances and playing every note perfectly. That calm demeanor earned him some criticism for his apparent lack of feeling. But to collectively consider the hundreds of pieces of music he composed in his lifetime, Saint- Saëns’ music shows much emotion and beauty.