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
Gabriel Faure: Lydia's Vocalises
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 488   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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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: Pavane, Op. 50

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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    Guitar Arrangements / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126016 Release Date: 08/26/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ian Krouse  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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  • 203.
    Classics For All Seasons - Summer
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80324 Release Date: 05/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis,  Henryk Tritt
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Leonard Slatkin,  Erich Kunzel,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops  ... 
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  • 204.
    Fauré: Pavane, Requiem;  Bach: Magnificat / Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics Studio Plus   Catalog: 64634 Release Date: 03/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Sheila Armstrong,  Henriette Puig-Roget,  Anne Pashley  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Edinburgh Festival Chorus,  New Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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  • 205.
    Chausson: Poeme De L'amour, Etc; Fauré / Finnie, Tortelier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8952 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Linda Finnie
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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  • 206.
    Serenade / Tommy Reilly, Asmf Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8486 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Martin,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Tommy Reilly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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  • 207.
    French Festival - Chabrier, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550088 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Erik Satie,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Keith Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 208.
    Fauré: Pelléas Et Mélisande, Dolly, Etc / Ozawa, Boston So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423089 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jules Eskin,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 209.
    Fauré: Requiem / Dutoit, Te Kanawa, Milnes, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421440 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Sherrill Milnes
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 210.
    Pops In Love / John Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416361 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johann Pachelbel,  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Leone Buyse,  Alfred Genovese,  Richard Sebring,  Martha Babcock  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 211.
    Romances For Saxophone / Branford Marsalis
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42122 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Colombier,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Branford Marsalis
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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  • 212.
    Vaughan Williams, Barber, Grainger, Fauré / Slatkin, St Louis So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80059 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  John Korman,  Beverly Schiebler,  John Sant'Ambrogio,  Thomas Dumm
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 213.
    Dinner Classics - The French Album
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 45543 Release Date: 05/17/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  John De Lancie
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Eugene Ormandy,  William Smith,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 214.
    Class Brass / Empire Brass
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80220 Release Date: 11/21/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Sam Pilafian,  Rolf Smedvig,  Scott Hartman,  Jeffrey Curnow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 215.
    Fauré: Pavane, Pelléas & Mélisande / Neville Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 410552 Release Date: 07/01/1983   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  William Bennett
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 216.
    100 Best Adagio Voices
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64292 Release Date: 09/22/0009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Toby Spence,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Taverner Players  ... 
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  • 217.
    Brasil / Richard Stoltzman & Friends
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60708 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Baden Powell,  Milton Nascimento,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Jeremy Wall  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman
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