Centenary of the death of Camille Saint-Saëns

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A €3 stamp from Monaco celebrates the life of composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who composed symphonies and concertos for violin and piano, as well as symphonic poems.

Camille Saint-Saëns, who was born in Paris in 1835, at the height of the Romantic era, and died in Algiers in 1921, has remained a classic composer against all odds.

A child prodigy, he gave his first concert at the age of 11. He enrolled in the Conservatoire de Paris in 1848, where he studied organ and composition.

Saint-Saëns enjoyed extraordinary fame from the 1860s. He composed symphonies and concertos for violin and piano, as well as symphonic poems. He wrote a dozen operas, the best known of which is unquestionably Samson and Delilah (1877).

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A friend of Prince Albert I, he wrote, at the latter’s request, the Ouverture de Fête, which he played at the official opening of the Monaco Oceanographic Museum in 1910.

  • Design and line-engraving: Elsa CATELIN
  • Printing process: Steel-engraving and offset
  • Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 30 mm horizontal
  • Quantity of issue: 35 000 stamps
  • Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations

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