Saint-Saëns: 1921–2021: more than a carnival of animals
SAINT-SAËNS: 1921–2021: MORE THAN A CARNIVAL OF ANIMALS
Elizabeth Handley, musicologist, independent lecturer for The Arts Society (UK)
This course explores Camille Saint-Saëns’ music in the context of nineteenth century Romanticism and on the cusp of new trends in the early twentieth century. While following his life story, it will be seen how he came to be regarded as the doyen of French classical music. Born in Paris in 1835, he soon proved to be a brilliant pianist, and a composer with a vividly fertile imagination and supreme mastery of orchestration. While listening to ample musical illustrations, it will be shown how, although a keen modernist, Saint-Saëns always remained indebted to the great composers of the past, adhering to classical models and upholding a conservative ideal of polished craftsmanship and formal structure. His rich and varied repertoire – opera, orchestral, chamber and solo music – is still often performed, evidence of the continuing popularity of his music.
This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.