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Camille Saint-Saëns letters


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. A child-prodigy, he performed in his first concert at the age of ten and began studying at the Conservatoire de Paris at thirteen. His early professional years were spent as an organist in Paris until he began composing, at which point he achieved critical success and eventually became an internationally-known figure.

His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (1863), the Second Piano Concerto (1868), the First Cello Concerto (1872), Danse macabre (1874), the opera Samson and Delilah (1877), the Third Violin Concerto (1880), the Third ("Organ") Symphony (1886) and The Carnival of the Animals (1887).

This collection consists of letters from Camille Saint-Saëns to various correspondents. It also includes one telegram and several envelopes whose contents are missing. A great many of the letters are to Princess A. Bibesco. Other addressees include Edouard Dern, Marianne Eissler, Richard Pohl, a Monsieur F. Hueffer, a Monsieur Alboize, Dandelot and Sardou. Many of the addressees cannot be identified. One letter is written on the same sheet as an undated letter in German from an unidentified correspondent to "Lieber Freund," possibly Saint-Saëns. The collection includes an undated postcard with a portrait photograph of Saint-Saëns.

Most of the letters are accompanied with English translations.

Gift of Leon Robbin in memory of Otto Albrecht, 1993-1994.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Clémence Scouten
Finding Aid Date
2015 May 7
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Alboize, 1888.
Box 1 Folder 1
Bibesco, A., Princesse, 1892-1902.
Box 1 Folder 2
Bibesco, A., Princesse, undated.
Box 1 Folder 3
Bibesco, A., Princesse ?, undated.
Box 1 Folder 4
Dandelot, 1919-1921.
Box 1 Folder 5
Dern, Edouard, 1912-1914.
Box 1 Folder 6
Eissler, Marianne, 1907-1913.
Box 1 Folder 7
Hueffer, F., circa 1879.
Box 1 Folder 8
Pohl, Richard, 1882.
Box 1 Folder 9
Saint-Saëns, Camille, undated.
Box 1 Folder 10
Sardou, 1901.
Box 1 Folder 11
Letters to unidentified recipients, 1879-1898.
Box 1 Folder 12
Letters to unidentified recipients, 1900-1920.
Box 1 Folder 13
Letters to unidentified recipients, undated.
Box 1 Folder 14
Letters to unidentified recipients, includes German letter, undated.
Box 1 Folder 15
List of Saint-Saëns' Letters.
Box 1 Folder 16

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