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Camille Saint-Sa'ens

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) was born in Paris and learned to read and play the piano when he was two years old. Carnival of the Animals was written in 1886. Although the piece is very popular today, Saint-Saens forbade complete performances of it during his lifetime, allowing only one section. "The Swan," for cello and piano, to be performed.