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In May 1878, the elder boy, André, climbed out on to a fourth-floor window ledge, lost his balance and fell to his death.Barely six weeks later, his little brother, Jean-François, died suddenly from pneumonia.He was neither a Beethoven, nor a Wagner, nor any of the other figures against whom other composers seem inevitably to be measured.He wrote with a distinctive voice in an immediately recognisable style – and with an ease and technical fluency that have rarely been matched.

He remained a bachelor until he was almost 40 when he married (after a whirlwind romance and against his mother’s wishes) Marie-Laure Truffot, the 19-year-old sister of one of his favourite pupils, Jean.

On hearing Saint-Saëns perform there, Liszt declared the Frenchman the greatest organist in the world.

Hans von Bülow rated Saint-Saëns the world’s finest sight-reader and ‘the greatest musical mind of our times’.

When his mother died at the age of 79 in 1888, he considered suicide.

Unable to face living in the family apartment, he sent his possessions to Dieppe and led a nomadic life until his death.

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