French chamber music almost completely disappeared after the Baroque era, and it was Camille Saint-Saëns who forged the path for his countrymen in the mid-19th century. His beguiling, elegant, and quintessentially French First Piano Trio no doubt inspired his countrymen to follow suit, as you will hear in the classics by both Ravel and Fauré.
Program Saint-Saëns Trio No. 1 in F major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 18 (1864) Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920-22) Fauré Quartet No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 15 (1876-79)