Saint-Saens dedicated his Symphony No3 to the memory of Franz Liszt
with whom he mainained close friendly relations for some 20 years.
In this symphony the composer develops the Liszt's principles of
monothematism. Saent-Saens introduced into symphony a significant
part of organ, that is why it is also called "Organ".
For many years he worked as organist in several cathedrals in Paris
and was celebrated for his organ improvisations.
Carnival of the Animals was written by the composer for a
private occassion and contains a great deal of parody. It consists
of a number of small pieces, very vivid and humorous. In a street
carnival procession of animals are marching one by one. The composr
uses a very special method by citing and making parody of his own
and others music.