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How a composer’s joke melodies became his unexpected legacy

Clip: 10/11/2016 | 6m 14s

Composer Camille Saint-Saëns would have celebrated his 181st birthday on Sunday. During his lifetime, he was one of the world’s most famous composers. Today he is best known for his “Carnival of the Animals,” a legacy he would have found hard to swallow; Saint-Saëns wrote the pieces as a joke for a Mardi Gras party. Composer and musician Rob Kapilow joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss.

Aired: 10/11/16

Rating: NR

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