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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: Sonatas For Violin & Piano / Faust, Boffard
Release Date: 07/08/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord  
Catalog: 1951741   Number of Discs: 1
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The Best Of Fauré
Release Date: 06/22/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556679   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Orchestral Music / Georgiadis, Rte Sinfonietta, Et Al
Release Date: 05/26/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553360   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Cello Sonatas / Kliegel, Tichman
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557889   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine / Equilbey, Piau, Degout, Et Al
Release Date: 11/18/2008   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 5137   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1

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  • 151.
    Night Songs / Renée Fleming, Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467697 Release Date: 04/03/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Richard Strauss,  Joseph Marx  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Renée Fleming
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  • 152.
    Evelyn Lear - The Art Of The Recital
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1195 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Monro,  Stephen Sondheim,  Carl Zeller,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Lear,  Martin Katz
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  • 153.
    Ave Maria - Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Et Al / Sakimoto, Miyake
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 589 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Traditional,  Tommy Reilly  ... 
    Performer:  Haruna Miyake,  Joe Sakimoto
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  • 154.
    The Swan - Works For Cello And Orchestra / Han-na Chang
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57052 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kim Lyun Joon,  Gabriel Fauré,  Max Bruch,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Han-Na Chang,  Daniel Pailthorpe,  Aline Brewer
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 155.
    Romantic Connections
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 3748 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Eccles,  Jacques Castérède,  Eric Ewazen,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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  • 156.
    Alisa Weilerstein - Debut Cello Recital
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 73498 Release Date: 08/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Leos Janácek,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein,  Alisa Weilerstein
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  • 157.
    Romantic Master - Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions / Earl Wild
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 70907 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frank Churchill  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild
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  • 158.
    Après Un Rêve - Fauré, Ravel, Et Al / Geraets, Waardenburg
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 19972 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Bernard Andrès,  Andrea Padovano,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Theodora Geraets,  Erika Waardenburg
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  • 159.
    Le Chant Des Oiseaux - Cello Favourites / Motard, Baril
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23130 Release Date: 05/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul Bazelaire,  Robert Schumann,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Thérèse Motard,  Louise-Andrée Baril
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  • 160.
    Nuit D'étoiles - Mélodies Françaises / Gens, Vignoles
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45360 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Véronique Gens
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  • 161.
    Après Un Rêve / Mischa Maisky, Daria Hovora
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457657 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Maurice Ravel,  Francis Poulenc,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Daria Hovora,  Mischa Maisky
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  • 162.
    Fauré: Oeuvres Complètes Pour Violoncelle Et Piano / Bruns
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30242 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Roglit Ishay,  Peter Bruns
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  • 163.
    Milstein - Encores - Kreisler, Debussy, Szymanowski, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66872 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Karol Szymanowski,  Josef Suk,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Leon Pommers,  Rudolf Firkusny,  Carlo Bussotti
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  • 164.
    Faure: World Of Faure
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466355 Release Date: 06/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 165.
    Romance Sans Paroles - Fauré / Thérèse Ryan, Francine Chabot
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2176 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Francine Chabot,  Thérèse Ryan
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  • 166.
    The Essential Pierre Bernac / Poulenc, Moore, Johnson
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 3161 Release Date: 03/01/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Francis Poulenc,  Charles Gounod,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Bernac,  Francis Poulenc,  Graham Johnson,  Gerald Moore
    Conductor:  Louis Antoine Beydts
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 167.
    Miniatures For Flute And Harp / Janos Balint, Deborah Sipkai
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10748 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  François Joseph Gossec,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Sipkai,  János Bálint
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  • 168.
    French Songs - Fauré, Hahn, Bizet, Chabrier / Yakar, Lavoix
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61433 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Georges Bizet,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Claude Lavoix,  Rachel Yakar
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  • 169.
    Nan Merriman - French & Spanish Songs / Gerald Moore
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1134 Release Date: 05/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Mompou,  Georges Bizet,  Henri Duparc,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Nan Merriman,  Gerald Moore
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  • 170.
    Grainger: The Complete Piano Music / Martin Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1767 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Jones,  Philip Martin,  Richard McMahon
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  • 171.
    Melaviola - Brahms, Etc / Mela Tenenbaum, Richard Kapp
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1055 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Johannes Brahms,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Kapp,  Mela Tenenbaum,  Alexandr Tenenbaum
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  • 172.
    Songs For Sunset / Christian Linberg, Per Lundberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 808 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Per Lundberg,  Christian Lindberg
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  • 173.
    Prima Voce - Eide Norena
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7821 Release Date: 11/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Eidé Noréna
    Conductor:  Henri Défosse,  Piero Coppola,  Joseph Messner
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  • 174.
    Faure, Franck: Sonatas / Delmoni, Vas
    Label: John Marks Records   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  César Franck
    Performer:  Arturo Delmoni,  Meg Bachman Vas
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  • 175.
    Fauré: Works For Cello And Piano / Dinitzen, Westenholz
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32220 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Kim Bak Dinitzen,  Elisabeth Westenholz
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