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From The Swan in Carnival of the Animals to his Organ Symphony, Saint-Saëns was one of the greatest composers that France has produced.
Approaching the age of 40, Saint-Saëns married Marie Laure Emile Truffot who was just 19. They had two sons, both of whom died within six weeks of each other - the first from illness, the second by falling from a window. Saint- Saëns, who blamed his wife for the accident, left her. They officially never divorced.
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