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: Mélodies / Marilyn Schmiege, Donald Sulzen
Release Date: 11/16/1995   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 347941   Number of Discs: 1
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Prokofiev, Franck: Cello Sonatas;  Fauré / Hans Pålsson, Etc
Release Date: 02/01/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 35   Number of Discs: 1
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Haydn, Rameau, Fauré, Et Al / Leopold Simoneau, Erik Werba
Release Date: 09/16/2000   Label: Orfeo D'or  
Catalog: 460971   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Mélodies / Elly Ameling, Gerard Souzay
Release Date: 01/24/2006   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92792   Number of Discs: 4
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Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem / Malmberg, Persson, Et Al
Release Date: 03/28/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1206   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1

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    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,  Antonín Dvorák,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    Nos Cheres Escales: Music For Oboe & Organ
    Label: Bnl Productions   Catalog: 112975 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    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  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    Faure: Pavane, Songs, Requiem
    Label: Osj Alive   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Johnny Herford,  Ilona Domnich
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    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  ... 
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    Label: Sounds True   Catalog: 20608 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    Amy
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13025 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grigoras Dinicu,  Ioan Lungu,  Enrico Toselli,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
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    Faure Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94750 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jerome Ducros,  Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian,  Henri Demarquette,  Juliette Hurel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Serge Baudo,  Moshe Atzmón,  André Vandernoot  ... 
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    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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    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  ... 
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    Label: Sounds True   Catalog: 3916 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    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  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    Melodies Francaises Pour Bariton / Gerard Souzay
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1236 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernest Chausson,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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    10 Classic Albums / Mischa Maisky [11-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001801402 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod,  George Frideric Handel,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Pavel Gililov,  Daria Hovora,  Martha Argerich  ... 
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    Classical Barbra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 192255 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Joseph Canteloube,  Hugo Wolf,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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    Jose Carreras: Live In Vienna
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233669 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Jules Massenet,  Joaquin Turina,  Tata Nacho  ... 
    Performer:  Vincenzo Scalera,  José Carreras
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    Massenet, Faure, Tosti, Mompou, Turina, De Falla: Lieder
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 871121 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Federico Mompou  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Edoardo Muller
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    Pavane / Maxim Rysanov, Ashley Wass
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1773 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Richard Dubugnon,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Maxim Rysanov,  Ashley Wass
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    Anniversary Series - A Cappella Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 299 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Imogen Heap,  Robert Chilcott,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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    Melodie Francaise [6-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5311 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Ernest Chausson,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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    Violin Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742802 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  John T. Williams,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Janine Jansen,  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
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    Musique De Chambre
    Label: Disques A Tempo   Catalog: 5637995910 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Stradella,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jacques Castérède,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Veronique Lucignano,  Roger-Luc Chayer,  Louise-Andrée Baril
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintette National
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Gabriel Fauré


WORKS
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 1. Introitus: Requiem aeternam - Kyrie
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 2. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 3. Sanctus
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 4. Pie Jesu
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 5. Agnus Dei
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 6. Libera me
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 7. In paradisum
I. Ouverture: Allegro molto vivo
II. Menuet: Tempo di minuetto - Allegretto moderato
III. Gavotte: Allegro vivo
IV. Pastorale: Andantino tranquillo
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivo
IV. Allegro quasi presto