Book Series Speculum musicae, vol. 31

The Many Faces of Camille Saint-Saëns

Mark Stegemann (ed)

  • Pages: xiii + 405 p.
  • Size:210 x 260 mm
  • Illustrations:22 b/w, 40 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, French, Italian
  • Publication Year:2018

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58070-8
  • Hardback
  • Available

The present book investigates the figure of Camille Saint-Saëns


Michael Stegemann is Professor of Historical Musicology at the Technische Universität Dortmund. Stegemann was appointed “Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” in 2016 for his dedication to French music. For more than 40 years he has placed a particular focus on the life and works of Camille Saint-Saëns. Since 2016, he is Chief Editor of Saint-Saëns’ Œuvres instrumentals completes published by Bärenreiter in 36 volumes.


French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) is certainly one of the most fascinating and important figures in the music history of the 19th and early 20th century. World-renowned for "The Carnival of the Animals", his oeuvre encompasses more than 600 compositions, many of them key works for the respective musical genre. The present volume brings together 21 articles: they investigate not only Saint-Saëns’ compositions – from operas and other stage works to his chamber and piano music and to his recordings – but also his writings and his many travels all over the world, which provided the basis for the many aspects of exoticism and orientalism of his music. The presentation of these essays can be seen as a seminal building block for further studies, also in view of the centenary of his death to be commemorated in 2021.


Table of Contents


On Stage – Operas
Hugh Macdonald - Saint-Saëns the Dramatist
Erin Brooks - Camille Saint-Saëns and Staging History: Henry VIII and Ascanio at the Opéra
Mara Lacchè - Saint-Saëns e l’esotismo ‘ellenico’ di Déjanire
Claire Paolacci - Camille Saint-Saëns et l’Opéra de Paris (1915-1945), un étendard de la musique française

Down the Aisle – Church Music
Sara Ramos Contioso - Saint-Saëns’s Messe de Requiem: un nuevo modelo religioso en la tradición romántica del género
Megan Sarno - Saint-Saëns, Criticism, and Catholicism

In the Concert – Instrumental Music
Michael Stegemann - «La chimère de la pureté du style et de la perfection de la forme» : Saint-Saëns und die großen Formen
der Instrumentalmusik
Elisabetta Righini - Fossili e rovine: trattamenti metamorfici nel Quartetto per archi e pianoforte in Mi maggiore Op. Post.
di Camille Saint-Saëns
Julie Oustinoff - Les Deux Trios avec piano de Camille Saint-Saëns (1864-1892): pour une filiation française?
Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald - Lisztian Approaches in the Instrumental Works of Camille Saint-Saëns:
‘Thematic Transformation’ and the Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (‘Organ’)
Rémy Campos - Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Technique: A Retrospectively Constituted Object?
Geoffrey Burleson - Saint-Saëns, Proto-Impressionism, and ‘le jeu perlé ’
Temina Cadi Sulumuna - Les Œuvres pour harpe de Camille Saint-Saëns et ses relations professionnelles avec les harpistes
à la lumière de la correspondance

En Route – Travelling through the World
Alberto Massarotto - L’esotismo musicale di Saint-Saëns come diario di bordo tra vita e opera
Stéphane Leteuré - Camille Saint-Saëns en Égypte: les sens du voyage (1890-1914)
Oreste Palmiero - Camille Saint-Saëns e l’Italia: analisi di un rapporto (attraverso i carteggi)
José Ignacio Suárez García - La primera visita de Saint-Saëns a España en 1880: el descubrimiento del pianista virtuoso
David Cranmer - A Relationship Spanning more than 40 Years: The Case of Portugal
Mitsuya Nakanishi - Saint-Saëns et ses œuvres littéraires sur le Japon
Antonio Ferrara - Saint-Saëns, presidente della Société des instruments anciens



Index of Names