Composers that were born in France, or gained the French nationality.
Composers who also play the piano and as such performed their own or other composer's compositions.
Romanticism was characterised by idealising the expression of the emotions of the composer. The notion of the suffering artist stems form this period. The romantic era starts around 1800, and goes on some way into the twentieth century. In the first half of the twentieth century the ever more complex romantic music competed with the new forms and sound of the then modernistic composers.
Composers that created music for the purpose of being used in a film, either as a main occupation, on a regular basis, or for an important film.
Not included are those composers whose music was used for films, but was not specially written for that purpose.
- Saint-Saëns, Camille (1835–1921)