Evening Masterwork: Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3

Camille Saint-Saens (1835 – 1921)

Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op. 61 by Camille Saint-Saens

Evening Masterwork for November 4, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Saint-Saens composed his Third and final Violin Concerto in 1880, a work that stands out among the composer’s concertos because it goes back to a format with three clearly separated movements. This concerto, like the previous two, was composed for Spanish virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate, and it has since gone on to become one of Saint-Saens’s most performed and admired compositions.