According to The New Penguin Dictionary of Music
, [Charles] Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, pupil of Halévy and Charles Gounod
; able pianist from early childhood; also organist. Works include "Samson and Delilah" and other operas; symphonic poems on Liszt's lines, e.g. "Omphale's Spinning Wheel"; 5 symphonies (no. 3 with organ), "Danse Macabre", and other works for orchestra; 5 piano concertos, 3 violin concertos, 2 cello concertos, "The Carnival of Animals" for two pianos and orchestra; chamber music, church music, many songs. Frequently visited Britain in his exceptionally long and prolific career. Hon. Mus. D., Cambridge, 1893.