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: Pavane, Op. 50

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  • 176.
    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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  • 177.
    Classical Favorites - Mozart, Pachelbel, Et Al / Marriner
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73289 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Iona Brown
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 178.
    Vocalise / Brian Asawa, Neville Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68903 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Medtner,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Gabriel Fauré,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Brian Asawa
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 179.
    Bernard Salles - Contrebasse
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 981 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giovanni Bottesini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Loger,  Yan Baranek,  Bernard Salles,  Jean-Paul Macé  ... 
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  • 180.
    Timeless Kiss - The Best Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3007 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek,  Joseph Paratore,  Anthony Paratore,  Daniel Pollack
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  • 181.
    Jewels Of The Classics / Richard Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61935 Release Date: 08/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Moore
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 182.
    Classic Romance - Piano Music / Anthony & Joseph Paratore
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3005 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Paratore,  Joseph Paratore
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  • 183.
    Lullabies For Lovers
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462277 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Cutting,  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Toyohiko Satoh,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Nikita Magaloff,  Maria Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Antal Doráti,  Raymond Leppard,  Paul Paray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 184.
    Tina Faigen Plays Piano Transcriptions
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20051 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Luigi Boccherini,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Tina Faigen
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  • 185.
    Dies Irae - The Essential Choral Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457196 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Torgny Sporsen,  Nigel Robson,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Della Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Richter,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Choral Society,  BBC Concert Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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  • 186.
    Pavane - Ravel, Satie & Fauré / Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449186 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Susan Palma
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 187.
    Kids Classics - Lullabies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66229 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  John Ogdon,  Jack Brymer,  Annie Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Sinfonia of London,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 188.
    Ibert: Divertissement;  Fauré / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orch
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62644 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Roussel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 189.
    25 Sentimental Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8823 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
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  • 190.
    Visions Of Dunbar - Piano Music Of Robert Schultz / Faigen
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20026 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Robert Schultz
    Performer:  Tina Faigen
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  • 191.
    Fauré: Orchestral Works / Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9416 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Peter Dixon,  Richard Davis,  Kathryn Stott
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 192.
    Fauré: Requiem / Marriner, Mcnair, Allen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446084 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Florent Schmitt,  Charles Koechlin,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Thomas Allen,  John Birch
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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  • 193.
    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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  • 194.
    Romance - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68459 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Michie Koyama,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Marie-Claire Jamet,  Riri Shimada
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Eugene Ormandy,  John Georgiadis,  Richard Kapp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 195.
    Duo De Guitares - Boccherini, Sor, Et Al / Obradovic, Leu
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 533 Release Date: 08/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gabriel Fauré,  Pierre Yves Petit,  Francis Kleynjans  ... 
    Performer:  Christophe Leu,  Maya Obradovic
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  • 196.
    Paper Music / Bobby Mcferrin, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64600 Release Date: 07/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Bobby McFerrin,  Layton James,  Peter Howard
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 197.
    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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  • 198.
    The World's Most Beautiful Melodies Vol 5 / Phillip Mccann
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4532 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vittorio Monti,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Simon Lindley
    Conductor:  Major Peter Parkes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society
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  • 199.
    The Lighter Side Of Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 381 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gabriel Fauré
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
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  • 200.
    Romantic French Music For Guitar And Orchestra / Garcia
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550480 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Gerald Garcia
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice State Philharmonic
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