César Franck's Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor is the first major quintet in the French repertoire. The piece was composed in 1879 and was dedicated to Camille Saint-Saëns, who played the piano part during its premiere at the Société nationale de musique on the 17th January 1880, alongside the Marsick Quartet. While the score was originally dedicated to his "dear friend Camille Saint-Saëns", it seems that the pianist did not like the Quintet's incessant modulation. He even walked off stage, leaving the score on the piano in disdain. However, other experts of his time did not hold the same opinion, starting with Claude Debussy, a great admirer of the piece, and Édouard Lalo, who defined the Quintet as an "explosion" of colours!