No city captivates the imagination quite like Paris. For generations, the world’s leading artists, writers, and thinkers—to say nothing of its young lovers and starry-eyed dreamers—have flocked to La Ville Lumière. Her splendor has inspired some of the Western world’s most innovative cinema, elegant cuisine, and irresistible music. Towards the turn of the century, after opera had dominated French musical life for decades, Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck, and others led a resurgence of chamber music. In their wake came some of the twentieth century’s most refreshing musical voices, from Jean Françaix to Francis Poulenc and the enfants terribles of Les Six.