Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) was a French composer. At the age of 19 he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Gabriel Fauré, Jules Massenet, Théodore Dubois, and Albert Lavignac. In 1900 he won the Prix de Rome. He was part of the group known as Les Apaches. His most famous pieces are La tragédie de Salomé and Psaume XLVII. Though he was one of the most often performed French composers during the first four decades of the 20th century, and though he never stopped composing, Schmitt's works fell into comparative neglect. He has been described as "one of the most fascinating of France’s lesser-known classical composers".