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DiedDecember 16, 1921, Algiers, Algeria
SpouseMarie Laure Emile Truffot

Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era. His most famous works include “The Carnival of the Animals”, “Danse macabre”, ” Samson and Delilah”, and “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso”. He is also known for his opera “Samson et Dalila”.

Saint-Saëns was born on October 9, 1835, in Paris, France. His father, Claude-Louis Saint-Saëns, was a French government official, and his mother, Marie-Laurence (née Masson) Saint-Saëns, was a gifted amateur pianist. Saint-Saëns had two younger brothers: Henri, who died at the age of two, and Édouard, who became a doctor.

Saint-Saëns began piano lessons at the age of two and a half. He composed his first piece of music, “The Elephant”, at the age of five. At the age of ten, he gave his first public performance as a pianist.

Saint-Saëns studied at the Paris Conservatory from 1848 to 1851. His teachers included François-Joseph Fétis, Fromental Halévy, and Pierre Zimmermann. Saint-Saëns won the Conservatory’s first prize for piano in 1850 and the second prize for organ in 1851.

Saint-Saëns’s professional career began as an organist at the Church of the Madeleine in Paris. He later held positions as an organist at the Church of Saint-Sulpice and the Church of Saint-Merri. He also served as the official organist for the Paris Conservatory from 1858 to 1877.

Saint-Saëns’s compositional output includes works for orchestra, chamber music, opera, vocal music, and piano. His best-known works include “The Carnival of the Animals”, “Danse macabre”, ” Samson and Delilah”, and “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso”.

Saint-Saëns was married twice. His first wife was Marie Truffot, with whom he had one son, André. His second wife was Pauline Viardot, a famous singer and composer. The couple had three children: Claude, Jean, and Pablo.

Saint-Saëns died on December 16, 1921, in Algiers, Algeria. He was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

General Info

Full NameCamille Saint-Saëns
DiedDecember 16, 1921, Algiers, Algeria
ProfessionPianist, Conductor, Organist, Film Score Composer, The Carnival of the Animals, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Le cygne
EducationConservatoire de Paris


SpouseMarie Laure Emile Truffot
ChildrenJean-François Saint-Saëns, André Saint-Saëns, The Carnival of the Animals, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Le cygne
ParentsJacques Joseph Victor Saint-Saëns, Clémence Saint-Saëns, The Carnival of the Animals, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Le cygne


MoviesThe Carnival of the Animals, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Le cygne, Fantasia 2000, Nuit d'été en ville, Au revoir les enfants, Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals, Effi Briest, Love at the Top, The Last Day of Summer, The Assassination of the Duke of Guise, La Parade (Notre Histoire), ...

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Call the Midwife2012TV Series 1 episode
Danseur2012Short music: "Le carnaval des animaux: Le cygne" - as Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns
Grimm2011TV Series music - 1 episode
Le Cygne de Barré2011Video short music: "Le Cygne"
Hugo2011writer: "Tarantella", "Danse Macabre"
La Danza Macabra2011Video short as Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, "La Danza Macabra"
I'm So Tall2011Short music: "Le Cygne"
La Duquesa II2011TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Night Vision2011writer: "Saint Saens: Carnival Of The Animals" - as Saint-Saens, Charles Camille
Poupoupidou2011writer: "Aquarium"
Ponto da poesia2011Video writer: "Opus 40 Danse Macabre"
Smile2010/IShort writer: "Le Cygne The Swan"
The Sons of Tennessee Williams2010Documentary writer: "Dance Macabre" - as Camille Saint-Saens
20 to 12010TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Jekyll & Canada2009Video writer: "Danse macabre", "Mon couer s'ouvre
Mr. & Mrs. X2009Short music: "Le Cigne"
Chasing Butterflies2009writer: "Allegro Appasionato for Cello and Orchestra, Op.43"
The SimpsonsTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2009 music - 1 episode, 2007
Sous un autre jour2009TV Movie writer: "Cello Concerto Nº 1 in A minor, Op. 33"
Numb3rs2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Panique au village2009writer: "Le Carnaval Des Animaux"
Phantasie2009Short writer: "Danse Macabre"
Grasping at the Ladybird's Leg2009Short music: "Le Carnival des animaux: Aquarium"
Hearsay2008writer: "Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 - II. Allegretto con Moto"
Suuri performanssi2008TV Movie writer: "Dance macabre"
Fifty Dead Men Walking2008writer: "The Swan"
New York, I Love You2008writer: "Music" - as Charles Camille Saint Saens
Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti2008writer: "Symphony No. 3 in C minor op. 78", "Danse macabre op. 40" - as C. Saint-Saëns
Lady Magdalene's2008writer: "Concertmaster Solo from 'Danse Macabre'"
Halloween2007performer: "Halloween"
Die Operngala der Stars2007TV Movie music: "Bacchanale"
Sheherazade: An Oriental Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker2007Video writer: "Introduction et Rondo capriccioso op. 28"
Shrek the Third2007writer: "Danse Macabre"
Chez Maupassant2007TV Series music - 1 episode
The Debt2006/IIShort writer: "The Dying Swan"
Save the Last Dance 22006Video writer: "The Swan" - as Camille Saint-Saens
Crash Tag Team Racing2005Video Game music: "Carnival of the Animals - The Aquarium" - uncredited
Die Zweite Republik - Eine unglaubliche Geschichte2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Kimyô na sâkasu2005writer: "Carnival of the Animals - The Swan"
12 and Holding2005writer: "Danse Macabre" - as Camille Saint-Saens
Magic Mirror2005"Fosseis - Carnival des animaux", "Dança Macabra Danse macabre", "La Havanaise"
The Ape2005as Camille Saint-Saens, "The Cuckoos in the Wood", "Cocks and Hens", "The Mules", "Antelopes", "Turtles", "The Pianist", "The Bird", "Grand Finale", "The Fossils" / writer: "The Swan" w/Theremine - as Camille Saint-Saens
Gran Turismo 42004Video Game writer: "Le cygne"
My Summer of Love2004writer: "The Dying Swan"
Mona Lisa Smile2003writer: "The Swan" - as Camille Saint-Saens
The Company2003music: "Suite Saint-Saëns"
Los 5 Faust de F.W. Murnau2002Video documentary writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - II. Allegro scherzando", "Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor, Op. 44 - Andante" - uncredited
Blue Moon2002music: "Le Carnaval Des Animaux - Aquarium" / writer: "Le Carnaval Des Animaux - Aquarium"
Last Dance2002Documentary "Danse Macabre"
Femme Fatale2002writer: "Le Carnaval des Animaux" 1886
Dummy2002writer: "Le Cygne The Swan" 1886 - uncredited
The Dancer Upstairs2002writer: "Le Cygne" 1886 - as Camile Saints-Saëns
The Next Big Thing2001writer: "Mon coeur s'ouvre
Après la réconciliation2000music: "Le rossignol et la rose"
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour2000Video Game writer: "Le Carnaval Des Animaux: Aquarium Theme"
Ordinary Decent Criminal2000writer: "O Salutaris Hostia"
Fantasia 20001999writer: "Carnival of the Animals Le Carnaval des Animaux, Finale"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1999TV Series 1 episode
The Ninth Gate1999"Havanaire"
My Life So Far1999writer: "Le Cygne The Swan" 1886 - as Saint Saens
Babe: Pig in the City1998writer: "If I Had Words"
The Cowboy and the Ballerina1998Short writer: "Le Carnaval des Animaux: Le Cygne"
Three Tenors '98 World Cup Paris1998TV Special writer: "Bacchanale"
Idioterne1998as Camille Saint-Saens, "The Swan"
Jonathan Creek1997-1998TV Series writer - 10 episodes
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood1995TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Welcome to the Dollhouse1995writer: "Carnival of the Animals"
Babe1995"If I Had Words" / music: "Symphony No. 3 'Organ', 4th Movement"
The Bridges of Madison County1995writer: "Mon coeur s'ouvre
Underground1995writer: "Symphony Nº3 Organ"
The World's Greatest Magic 21995TV Special music: "Carnival of the Animals - The Aquarium" - uncredited
The Ren & Stimpy Show1992-1994TV Series music - 9 episodes
The Road to Wellville1994"Christmas Oratorio Opus 12"
Tombstone1993"Le Danse Macabre"
Sottovoce1993"Terem Quartet"
Stalin1992TV Movie "The Swan"
Goof Troop1992TV Series music - 2 episodes
A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon1992writer: "The Swan" - as Saint-Saens
Le mirage1992music: "Samson et Dalila"
Visions of Light1992Documentary music: "The Aquarium" from "Carnival of the Animals"
Pinocchio1992Video writer: "Carnival of the Animals"
Beauty and the Beast1992/IIVideo writer: "Carnival of the Animals"
Sjans1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Muuttolinnun aika1991writer: "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice"
Tiny Toon Adventures1990TV Series music - 1 episode
Nuit d'été en ville1990music: "Quatuor
How to Get Ahead in Advertising1989writer: "Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'"
Au Revoir Les Enfants1987writer: "Rondo Caprioso" - as Saint-Saens
Slam Dance1987"My Heart At Thy Voice"
Fame1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lazar1987Short music: "Danse Macabre"
Qui a tiré sur nos histoires d'amour1986writer: "Mon coeur s'ouvre a la voix"
The Adventures of Milo and Otis1986"L'éléphant The Elephant" / writer: "The Carnival Of The Animals: VIII. Characters With Long Ears" - uncredited
Allegro ma non troppo1985Documentary short "Pieza de Concierto, Opus 94"
Carnival of the Animals1984TV Movie music: "Carnival of the Animals"
And the Ship Sails On1983writer: "Death of the Swan"
Frida Still Life1983writer: "Mon coeur s'ouvre
Pavlova: A Tribute to the Legendary Ballerina1982TV Movie music: "The Swan"
Impressions de France1982Short writer: "Aquarium", "Finale", "Maestoso - Allegro"
Being There1979writer: "Bacchanale" - uncredited
Agatha1979music: "Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre
Days of Heaven1978"Carnival of the Animals - The Aquarium"
Top of the Pops1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nickelodeon1976music: "Scheherezade" - uncredited
Carnival of the Animals1976TV Short music: "Carnival of the Animals"
Herbie Rides Again1974writer: "Carnival of the Animals - The Swan" - uncredited
Willow Springs1973writer: "Havanaise", "Samson et Dalila"
De Fred Haché Show1972TV Series writer - 1 episode
Contrasts1968TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Bluebeard1963music: "Mon coeur s'ouvre
New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts1962TV Series music - 1 episode
The Bolshoi Ballet1957music: "The Dying Swan"
Interrupted Melody1955music: "Samson and Delilah" 1877 - uncredited
La muerte enamorada1951"Danse macabre"
A Song for Tomorrow1948as Saint Saens, "Samson and Delilah: Extracts"
Three Daring Daughters1948"ALLEGRO APPASSIONATO, OPUS 10", uncredited
Rehearsal: The Telephone Hour1947Short music: "O Love, Hide Me In My Weakness"
Carnegie Hall1947music: "The Swan", "Mon coeur s'ouvre
Battle for Music1945music: "La Princesse jaune" - uncredited
Forty Boys and a Song1941Short documentary writer: "Tollite Hostias" - uncredited
The Chocolate Soldier1941music: "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voux" 1877 - uncredited
Spook Sport1939Short writer: "Danse macabre"
They Shall Have Music1939writer: "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28" 1863 - uncredited
The Rules of the Game1939music: "Danse macabre, Op.40" 1874 - uncredited
Hitting a New High1937music: "The Nightingale's Song Air du Rossignol" 1902 - as Saint-Saens
Born to Fight1936music: "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice" - uncredited
Goin' to Town1935music: "MON COEUR S'OEUVRE A TA VOIX"
Gold Diggers of 19351935music: "Le cygne The Swan" 1845 - uncredited
The Immortal Swan1935Documentary music: "Le Cygne"
Mister Cinders1934music: "Le Cygne" - uncredited
Fürst Woronzeff1934music: "Samson und Dalila"
Dames1934music: "Le cygne The Swan" 1886 - uncredited
Djurgårdsnätter1933writer: "Le carnaval des animaux. Le cygne"
The Wizard of Oz1933Short music: "The Swan"
Danse macabre1932Short writer: "Danse Macabre"
The Country Gentlemen1929Short music: "Le cygne The Swan" - uncredited
The Cat and the Canary1927writer: "Symphonie no. 3 avec orgue" - 1st movement
The Last Days of Pompeii1913writer: "The Carnival of the Animals", "Sampson et Delila"
Corpse de Ballet2014Short music: "Danse Macabre" completed
Frame Switch2016writer: "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" - as Camille Saint-Sëans
Florence Foster Jenkins2016writer: "The Swan"
When the World Came to San Francisco2015Documentary writer: "Marche militaire française"
Le tout nouveau testament2015writer: "Aquarium" from "Le carnaval des animaux"
Levon2015writer: "Aquarium" - as Saint-Saens
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
What is Murphy's Law?2014Short writer: "Aquarium"
Naeildo kantabille2014TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Brows Held High2012-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Sex, kofe, sigarety2014writer: "Aquarium", "Tortues", "Elephant", "Le Cygne" from suite "Le carnaval des animaux"., "Danse macabre"
Deadtime Stories2013-2014TV Series writer - 11 episodes
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Une nouvelle amie2014writer: "Mon coeur s'ouvre
If I Stay2014writer: "The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals", "Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33"
Christmas, Again2014writer: "The Swan"
Stonehearst Asylum2014writer: "Danse Macabre"
Haganenet2014writer: "The Swan" From 'The Carnival of the Animals'
Penny Dreadful2014TV Series music - 1 episode
#seguiilconiglio2014Short writer: "RABBIT DANCE MACABRE"
Flowers in the Attic2014TV Movie writer: "'Le Cygne' from Le Carnaval des Animaux" - uncredited
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I2013writer: "Carnival of the Animals: The Swan Le Cygne"
Pawn Stars2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nostalgia Critic2013TV Series music - 1 episode
Schola: Sakamoto Ryûichi ongaku no gakkô2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19782013TV Movie documentary music: "If I Had Words"
Orchestra of Exiles2012Documentary writer: "Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso in A Minor, Op. 28"
Boardwalk Empire2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Quartet2012writer: "The Swan"
Wander/Lost2012Short music: "Le Cygne"
The Haunting of Whaley House2012writer: "Danse Macabre"
Moonrise Kingdom2012writer: "Volière, from Le Carnaval des animaux", "Pianistes, from Le Carnaval des animaux", "Le Coucou au Fond des Bois, from Le Carnaval des animaux", "Aquarium, from Le Carnaval des animaux"
Tosh.02012TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Shit Head Monica2015Short stock music
The Witching Hour2015/IIShort composer: "Danse Macabre"
Jonathan CreekTV Series title music - 27 episodes, 1997 - 2013 composer - 3 episodes, 2014
The Mercury Dancer2013Short music
Wander/Lost2012Short music
The Lost Princess2012music
La fuite de l'oléoduc de Lituanie2011Short music
Le Cygne de Barré2011Video short music
Samson and Delilah2008music by
Chez Maupassant2008TV Series music - 1 episode
Anomalie o 3/8 laklu2003Short composer: theme music
Samson et Dalila2002TV Movie music by
Henry VIII1991TV Movie music by
La danse macabre1990Short
Le cygne1990Short
A Bit of Fry and Laurie1990TV Series composer - 3 episodes
Sanson y Dalila1989TV Movie music by: "Samson et Dalila"
Samson et Dalila1981/IITV Movie music by
Samson et Dalila1981/ITV Movie music by
Dance Macabre1980Short music by
Les fougères bleues1977music by
The Gathering Storm1974TV Movie music by: "Symphony No. 3"
Fontane Effi Briest1974composer: theme music
Le mouton enragé1974music - as Saint-Saëns
The Dance of Death1928Short music by
Danse macabre1922Short music by


The Assassination of the Duke de Guise1908Short


Those of Our Land1915Documentary

Archive Footage

Schola: Sakamoto Ryûichi ongaku no gakkô2013TV SeriesHimself
Paris 19001947DocumentaryHimself

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