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The Glory of Saint-Saëns' "Organ" Symphony

  
  
  
Saint-Saens playing organ

Dear Joe,

Is Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 3 Just Too Intense?

  
  
  
Camille Saint-Saens

In last week's series of letters, Alberta Barnes and I discussed Mendelssohn's Octet. This week we're tackling Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, which, for me, was overwhelming, rangy, and gorgeous. If you need more listening or sheet music recommendations, you can browse our sheet music selection of Mendelssohn here or our sheet music selection of Saint-Saens here. Have a favorite piece you want us to write about? Leave a commment below or send me an email at joec@sharmusic.com.


Dear Alberta,

I'm having a lot of feelings after listening to Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78. Maybe too many feelings. Is this normal after listening to a late Romantic symphony? Is the storm and stress all me or was Symphony No. 3 just a wild one? 




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