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Il sait tout, mais il manque d’inexpérience

French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was born in Paris on October 9, 1835. His father died while he was a tiny infant, leaving him to be raised by his mother and a great-aunt. It was this aunt who introduced him to the … Continue reading

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Être maitre de son destin

I celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of James Bond by seeing Skyfall. The new movie has been getting a lot of attention in the French press as a French woman is the Bond girl. Bérénice Lim Marlohe was born in Paris … Continue reading

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Avoir le moral à zero

French composer Georges Bizet, was born Alexandre César Léopold Bizet on October 25, 1838. His family was musical and Georges, as he was baptized and known his whole life, showed his promise early. He won the Prix de Rome after … Continue reading

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Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera

French composer Charles Gounod was born on June 17, 1818. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and won the Prix de Rome in 1839 for his cantata Fernand. This gave him the opportunity to study in Rome where he … Continue reading

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Plus je connais les hommes, plus j’admire les chiens

Composer Éric Alfred Leslie Satie was born on May 17, 1866. He went by Erik Satie later in life, the first of many changes he would make to his identity. His most famous composition is probably Gymnopédie No. 1, a … Continue reading

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Ça me dit quelque chose

I have a terrible time remembering people’s names and perhaps an even worse time remembering the names of singers, composers, and pieces of music. Can you relate? Click here to listen to “Meditation” from Thaïs, with Yo-Yo Ma on the … Continue reading

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