Gabriel Fauré

Biography

Born: 1845   Died: 1924   Country: France   Period: Romantic
When Gabriel Fauré was a boy, Berlioz had just written La damnation de Faust and Henry David Thoreau was writing Walden. By the time of his death, Stravinsky had written The Rite of Spring and World War I had ended in the devastation of Europe. In this dramatic period in history, Fauré strove to bring together the best of traditional and progressive music and, in the process, created some of the most exquisite works in the French repertoire. He Read more was one of the most advanced figures in French musical circles and influenced a generation of composers world-wide.

Fauré was the youngest child of a school headmaster and spent many hours playing the harmonium in the chapel next to his father's school. Fauré's father enrolled the 9-year-old as a boarder at the École Niedermeyer in Paris, where he remained for 11 years, learning church music, organ, piano, harmony, counterpoint, and literature. In 1861, Saint-Saëns joined the school and introduced Fauré and other students to the works of more contemporary composers such as Schumann, Liszt, and Wagner. Fauré's earliest songs and piano pieces date from this period, just before his graduation in 1865, which he achieved with awards in almost every subject. For the next several years, he took on various organist positions, served for a time in the Imperial Guard, and taught. In 1871 he and his friends -- d'Indy, Lalo, Duparc, and Chabrier -- formed the Société Nationale de Musique, and soon after, Saint-Saëns introduced him to the salon of Pauline Viardot and Parisian musical high society. Fauré wrote his first important chamber works (the Violin Sonata No. 1 and Piano Quartet No. 1), then set out on a series of musical expeditions to meet Liszt and Wagner. Throughout the 1880s, he held various positions and continued to write songs and piano pieces, but felt unsure enough of his compositional talents to attempt anything much larger than incidental music. Fauré's pieces began to show a complexity of musical line and harmony which were to become the hallmarks of his music. He began to develop a highly original approach to tonality, in which modal harmony and altered scales figured largely. The next decade, however, is when Fauré came into his own. He was named composition professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1896. His music, although considered too advanced by most, gained recognition amongst his musical friends. This was his first truly productive phase, seeing the completion of his Requiem, the Cinq Mélodies, and the Dolly Suite, among other works. Using an economy of expression and boldness of harmony, he built the musical bridge over which his students -- such as Maurice Ravel and Nadia Boulanger -- would cross on their journey into the twentieth century. In 1905, he was named director of the conservatory and made several significant reforms. Ironically, this position gave his works more exposure, but it reduced his time for composition and came when he was increasingly bothered by hearing problems. Fauré's works of this period show the last, most sophisticated stages of his writing, streamlined and elegant in form. During World War I, Fauré essentially remained in Paris and had another extremely productive phase, producing, among other things, Le Jardin clos and the Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, Op. 111, which show a force and violence that make them among the most powerful pieces in French music. In 1920 he retired from the school, and the following year gave up his music critic position with Le Figaro, which he had held since 1903. Between then and his death in 1924, he would produce his great, last works: several chamber works and the song cycle L'horizon chimérique. Read less
Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Summerly, Beckley, Gedge, Et Al
Release Date: 11/29/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550765   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Violin Sonatas 1 & 2, Etc / Kang, Devoyon
Release Date: 11/21/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550906   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Pelléas Et Mélisande, Valses-caprices, Mazurka, Etc
Release Date: 01/25/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553741   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel, Fauré: String Quartets / Ad Libitum Quartet
Release Date: 05/16/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554722   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Four Hand Piano Music / Volondat, De Hooghe
Release Date: 05/16/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553638   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1

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  • 1.
    Reminiscences / Thomas, Libeer
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 11/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Camille Thomas,  Julien Libeer
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  • 2.
    A Faure Recital, Vol. 1: Apres un reve / Lortie
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10915 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
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  • 3.
    Inspirations
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Kosma,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Astor Piazzolla,  Andrea Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Romain Leleu
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  • 4.
    More French Pieces / Thomsen, Staerk
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8224727 Release Date: 08/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Louis Vierne,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Henrik Dam Thomsen,  Ulrich Staerk
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  • 5.
    The Complete Songs of Faure, Vol. 1
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 427 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Ann Murray,  John Chest,  Iestyn Davies  ... 
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  • 6.
    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 7.
    Un Siecle De Musique Francaise: Gabriel Faure
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192912 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Laurent Korcia,  Hĺkan [Baritone Vocals] Hagegĺrd,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow
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  • 8.
    Transition / David Stromberg
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38534 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré,  Alexander Glazunov,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  David Stromberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Hamburg
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  • 9.
    Singing Cello
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32741 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Gustav Mahler,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  István Várdai,  Julien Quentin
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    Desire in Spring: Air & Hammers / Connolly, Thevenot
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 973 Release Date: 01/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ivor Gurney,  Andrew Ager,  Gerald Finzi,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Maxine Thévenot,  Edmund Connolly
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  • 11.
    Prodigies
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552920 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Vittorio Monti,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Camille Berthollet,  Julie Berthollet,  Gautier Capuçon,  Guillaume Vincent
    Conductor:  Roberto Fores Veses
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  • 12.
    Adagio & Allegro / Devich, Kovalszki
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32756 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Zoltán Kodály,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Gergely Devich,  Mária Kovalszki
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  • 13.
    Fiancailles Pour Rire / Dessay, Cassard
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552543 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Francis Poulenc,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Cassard,  Laurent Naouri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebčne
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  • 14.
    Songs from the Arc of Life / Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 510316 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johannes Brahms,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacob Gade  ... 
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott,  Yo-Yo Ma
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    Faure: Songs For Bass Voice And Piano / Jared Schwartz, Roy Howat
    Label: Toccata Classics   Catalog: 268 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jared Schwartz,  Roy Howat
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  • 16.
    Apres Un Reve - French Romantic Songs  / Karine Deshayes
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Charles Gounod,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Karine Deshayes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Contraste
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  • 17.
    Nos Cheres Escales: Music For Oboe & Organ
    Label: Bnl Productions   Catalog: 112975 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Noyon,  Théodore Dubois,  Charles Koechlin,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Sebillotte,  Jean-Paul Imbert
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  • 18.
    Under the Stars / Charlie Siem
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7876421 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Spencer,  Ole Borneman Bull,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Charlie Siem
    Conductor:  Paul Goodwin,  Charlie Siem
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Rosenblatt Recitals, Vol. 1 / Tynan, Brownlee, Siurina, Meli, Perez, Michaels-Moore [6-CD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9027 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Traditional,  Henri Duparc,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Ailish Tynan,  Iain Burnside,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Francesco Meli  ... 
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  • 20.
    Elegie - Short Pieces For Double-bass And Piano / Stefano Sciascia
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802214 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Francis Poulenc,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  David Giovanni Leonardi,  Stefano Sciascia
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  • 21.
    Amy
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13025 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grigoras Dinicu,  Ioan Lungu,  Enrico Toselli,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Ana-Maria Lungu,  Christoph Weinhart
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  • 22.
    Faure: Melodies / Ailish Tynan, Iain Burnside
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9018 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Ailish Tynan,  Iain Burnside
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  • 23.
    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Salut D'amour /  Matthew Jones, Annabel Thwaite
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Annabel Thwaite,  Matthew Jones
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  • 25.
    Les Sopranos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5351 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Lezhneva,  Sandrine Piau,  Patricia Petibon,  Lucy Crowe  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Ottavio Dantone,  Giovanni Antonini,  Alan Curtis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Una Stella Ensemble  ... 
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