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 / Christophers, St. Martin In The Fields, The Sixteen
Release Date: 03/11/2008   Label: Coro  
Catalog: 16057   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Aprčs un ręve, Op. 7 no 1

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  • 176.
    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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  • 177.
    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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  • 178.
    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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  • 179.
    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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  • 180.
    Fauré: Mélodies / Marilyn Schmiege, Donald Sulzen
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 347941 Release Date: 11/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Donald Sulzen,  Marilyn Schmiege
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  • 181.
    All Of The World's Most Beautiful Melodies! / Mccann, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4536 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Helen Guy  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Simon Lindley,  Roy Newsome,  Skaila Kanga  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Newsome,  Major Peter Parkes,  Douglas Blackledge,  Gordon Langford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  Leeds Parish Church Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 182.
    Favourite Violin Encores / Arthur Grumiaux, István Hajdu
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446560 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály,  Joseph-Hector Fiocco,  Antonín Dvorák,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  István Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux
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  • 183.
    Romantic Virtuoso Cello Music / Werner Thomas
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 131851 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Françaix,  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert (Dresden),  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Thomas
    Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
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  • 184.
    Julius Baker In Recital / Lisa Emenheiser Logan
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1022 Release Date: 05/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Muczynski  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Emenheiser Logan,  Julius Baker
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  • 185.
    Beau Soir / Pergamenschikow, Gililov
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 349951 Release Date: 05/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Gililov,  Boris Pergamenschikow
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  • 186.
    Carmen Fantasy - Virtuoso Music For Trumpet / Nakariakov
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 94554 Release Date: 03/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markovich,  Sergei Nakariakov
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  • 187.
    Roger Drinkall-dian Baker Duo
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11043 Release Date: 11/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Frédéric Chopin,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Drinkall,  Dian Baker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drinkall-Baker Duo
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  • 188.
    In Memoriam Pau Casals
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4733 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jordi Cervelló,  Pablo Casals,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Seon-Hee Myong,  Lluís Claret
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Cellists Ensemble
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  • 189.
    Songs My Mother Taught Me / Delmoni, Vas
    Label: John Marks Records   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 05/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Johannes Brahms,  Charles Robert Valdez,  Maria Theresia Paradis  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Delmoni,  Meg Bachman Vas
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  • 190.
    Popular & Serious Music For Cello & Piano / Lavotha, Aberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 72 Release Date: 02/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu,  Ingvar Lidholm,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ernst Toch  ... 
    Performer:  Elémér Lavotha,  Kerstin Ĺberg
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  • 191.
    Organ Meditation - Grieg, Saint-saëns, Etc/ János Sebestyén
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550791 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Gabriel Fauré,  Robert Schumann,  Johan Helmich Roman  ... 
    Performer:  János Sebestyén
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  • 192.
    Fauré: Complete Music For Cello & Piano / Doane, Snyder
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9038 Release Date: 11/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Barry Snyder,  Steven Doane,  Kurt Fowler
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  • 193.
    Cantos De Espana / Christensen, Fukacova
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32044 Release Date: 09/17/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Isaac Albeniz,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Michaela Fukacková,  Jacob Christensen
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  • 194.
    Repertoire - Virtuoso Music For Cello / Janos Starker
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 8118 Release Date: 08/27/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  János Starker,  Shigeo Neriki
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  • 195.
    Beethoven, Hindemith, Heiden, Faure, Et Al/ Cerminaro, Carno
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 676 Release Date: 06/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Kaspar Schmid,  Reinhold Gliere,  Paul Hindemith,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Zita Carno,  John Cerminaro
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  • 196.
    Faure: La Chanson D'eve, Songs / Baker, Parsons
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66320 Release Date: 03/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons,  Dame Janet Baker
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  • 197.
    The American Virtuoso - Alan Feinberg
    Label: Argo   Catalog: 436121 Release Date: 10/13/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Teresa Carreńo  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Feinberg
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  • 198.
    Fauré: Complete Songs / Elly Ameling, Gerard Souzay
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64079 Release Date: 01/23/1992   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Dalton Baldwin,  Elly Ameling,  Gérard Souzay
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  • 199.
    Meditation / Mischa Maisky, Pavel Gililov
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431544 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Robert Schumann,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Gililov,  Mischa Maisky
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  • 200.
    A Portrait Of Kiri Te Kanawa
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39208 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gabriel Fauré,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Amner,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Laurence Dale
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra  ... 
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