Composer Camille Saint-Saëns was born on October 9, 1835, in Paris, France. He gave his first recital as a child in 1846. He studied organ at the Paris Conservatory and played for the Church of the Madeline in Paris for 20 years. He helped found the National Society of Music in 1871. He is best known for his opera Samson et Dalila and his symphonic poems. He died on December 16, 1921.
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