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Camille Saint-Saëns letters

Ms. Coll. 76

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921
Title:
Camille Saint-Saëns letters
Date [inclusive]:
1879-1921
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 76
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (1 box)
Language:
French
Abstract:
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. This collection consists of letters from Camille Saint-Saëns to various correspondents. 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.
Cite as:
Camille Saint-Saëns letters, 1879-1921, Ms. Coll. 76, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

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).

Scope and Contents

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.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 May 7

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Clémence Scouten

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Photographic postcards
Subject(s)
  • Composers--France--19th century
  • Composers--France--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Alboize, 1888.

1 1

Bibesco, A., Princesse, 1892-1902.

1 2

Bibesco, A., Princesse, undated.

1 3

Bibesco, A., Princesse ?, undated.

1 4

Dandelot, 1919-1921.

1 5

Dern, Edouard, 1912-1914.

1 6

Eissler, Marianne, 1907-1913.

1 7

Hueffer, F., circa 1879.

1 8

Pohl, Richard, 1882.

1 9

Saint-Saëns, Camille, undated.

1 10

Sardou, 1901.

1 11

Letters to unidentified recipients, 1879-1898.

1 12

Letters to unidentified recipients, 1900-1920.

1 13

Letters to unidentified recipients, undated.

1 14

Letters to unidentified recipients, includes German letter, undated.

1 15

List of Saint-Saëns' Letters.

1 16