Letters between Fauré and Saint-Saëns, discussing the former’s Valse-caprice for piano, Op. 38.
Saint-Saëns became especially close to Fauré, who had been his star pupil, in the 1880s. In 1875 the forty year-old composer had married the nineteen year-old Marie Truffot. They had two children together, both of whom died very young and within a few weeks of one another. One fell out of a fourth story window, and the other succumbed to a mysterious, violent fever. It was during this period that Saint-Saëns wrote the Danse macabre and his most successful opera, Samson and Delilah. The marriage ended in 1881, and thereafter Saint-Saëns assumed a godfatherly role in the Fauré family.