"It was impossible for me to write the projected Concerto. I can instead play you my Concerto in D [No. 1, op. 17] which has never been played in England, or any concerto you designate. Would you like me to conduct Phaeton, or my Suite (Prelude, Sarabande, Gavotte and Final)? I'll do whatever you like... [Wilhelm GANZ (1833-1914), a musician of German origin who lived in England, conducted the New Philharmonic Orchestra there; he brought Saint-Saëns to England for the first time].