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He was a reluctant lawyer, following rather unwillingly in his father's footsteps. He didn't like it, and encouraged by his friends in fin de siècle Paris enrolled in Jules Massenet's music composition class at the Paris Conservatoire. Massenet thought that he had an exceptional talent and Chausson went on to become not only a very well known composer but friend or acquaintance of basically everyone in the Parisian arts community - Claude Debussy, Cesar Frank, Claude Monet, and Gabriel Faure among others.
And then he got up on two wheels, and that was that. You wonder what else he would have composed had he not died at the age of 44.