Picture of Beethoven conducting. Like Bach and Mozart, another indispensable figure in the history of music. I often think of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart as the "Big Three"... just like GM, Ford and Chrysler used to be. Beethoven went deaf and apparently kept trying to conduct until it became painfully obvious that it just wasn't happening any more. Sad. What a great, emotionally rich composer.
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era. He is known especially for The Carnival of the Animals, Danse macabre, Samson and Delilah (Opera), Violin Concerto No. 3, Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Concerto No. 1, Havanaise, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, and his Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony)