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Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns 9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921) 

Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer and pianist who lived from 1835 to 1921. He was a prodigiously talented musician, and began composing and performing at a very young age. Despite this talent, Saint-Saëns was often overshadowed by his contemporaries, such as Debussy and Ravel, and is sometimes referred to as the "forgotten genius" of French music.

Despite this lack of recognition, Saint-Saëns had a prolific and varied career, composing in a wide range of styles and genres. He wrote operas, symphonies, concertos, chamber music, piano pieces, and much more. Some of his most famous works include "The Carnival of the Animals," "Samson and Delilah," and "Danse Macabre."

Saint-Saëns was also a teacher and mentor to many young musicians, and was known for his dedication to preserving the classical music tradition. He was a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts, and was an important figure in the promotion of French culture and music. Although he may not be as well-known as some of his peers, Saint-Saëns remains a significant figure in the history of classical music, and his contributions continue to be celebrated and admired by music lovers around the world.