40 for 40 - 13

Saint-Saëns at the organ
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Camille Saint-Saëns

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Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, Organ

Completed in 1886, the third symphony takes its nickname, Organ, from the pipe organ that appears in two of the work's four sections. The piece was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society in England and is considered by many scholars and critics to represent the height of Saint-Saëns' artistry. This feeling was echoed by the composer who said that "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." With both critics and composer agreeing, it is no surprise that the symphony has found its way into WXXI's 40 for 40.