Instrumentation: 3d1, 2+1, 2+1, 2+1 - 4, 3, 3, 1, timp, perc, org, pf 4hd, str
The Symphony No. 3 in C minor, popularly known as the "Organ Symphony", was completed in 1886 at what could be considered the artistic peak of Saint-Saens' career. The composer said of the work, "I gave everything to it I ws able to give. What I have here accomplisehd, I will never achieve again." Seeming to recognize that it would be his last attempt at the symphonic form, the composer filled the work with virtuoso piano passages, brilliant Romantic-era orchestral writing, and the sound of a cathedral-sized pipe organ.