26 February 2021
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).
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