"Actually, this is one way to get at the French mystique, to express what makes French music French: sounds that float, hover, harmony like a scent, a perfume evaporating into air. Out of these four perfumed bars, perfectly, Franck’s violin tune emerges, also gravity-free, floating over the chords, taking the motive the piano suggests and creating from it a long sinuous sentence - each phrase builds on the last, slowly reaching a fantastic climax."
Jeremy Denk, on Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
124. French music - “harmony like a scent.”