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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
The Best Of Fauré
Release Date: 06/22/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556679   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Summerly, Beckley, Gedge, Et Al
Release Date: 11/29/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550765   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: Nocturnes Nos 7-13, Etc / Jean Martin
Release Date: 07/26/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550795   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Four Hand Piano Music / Volondat, De Hooghe
Release Date: 05/16/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553638   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Pavane, Op. 50

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  • 26.
    Atout Sax
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111104 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Henry Purcell,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atout Sax
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  • 27.
    The Great French Pianists - The Original Piano Roll Recordings
    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: 39 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
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  • 28.
    Faure: Piano Quartet No 1, Piano Trio, Pavane / Dukes, Kungsbacka Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573042 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Philip Dukes,  Simon Crawford-Phillips,  Malin Broman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
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  • 29.
    Brasil / Richard Stoltzman & Friends
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60708 Release Date: 10/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roberto Baden-Powell,  Milton Nascimento,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Jeremy Wall  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman
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  • 30.
    Classical Barbra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 192255 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Joseph Canteloube,  Hugo Wolf,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Barbra Streisand,  Claus Ogerman
    Conductor:  Claus Ogerman
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  • 31.
    50 Shades Of Classical
    Label: Cleopatra   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Danielle Dechenne,  Henrik Lagendaal,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Nicholas Sirart  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Raucheisen,  Zdenek Chabala,  Ferdinand Lang,  Zoltan Kovats  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caspar da Salo Quartett
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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    French Classics / Butt, London SO
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6188 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Conductor:  Yondani Butt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Lazybones / The Capitol Clarinets Duo
    Label: Soundset   Catalog: 1046 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norbert Goddaer,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ignacio Cervantes,  John Newton  ... 
    Performer:  Walt Nielsen,  Korbi Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Capitol Clarinets Duo
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  • 35.
    Traveling Sonata: European Music For Flute & Guitar
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel,  François Borne,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Viviana Guzman,  Jérémy Jouve
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  • 36.
    A Musical Journey- France: Marseille, Tarascon, Cannes, Cote D'azur, Camargue
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110312 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Benjamin Godard,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Keith Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637197396 Release Date: 09/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Traditional,  Anonymous,  Ben Steinberg  ... 
    Performer:  Adagio Trio,  Kathryn Daniels,  Linda Grieser,  Michael Daniels  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adagio Trio
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  • 38.
    Faure: Requiem; Pavane; Durufle: Requiem
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 23082 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  John Wells,  Gareth Morris,  John Butt
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Philip Ledger
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  • 39.
    The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic - 40th Anniversary Concert
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059318 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Julius Klengel,  Jean Françaix,  Astor Piazzolla,  Henry Bourtayre  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Dasch,  Till Bronner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
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  • 40.
    The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic - 40th Anniversary Concert [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059314 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julius Klengel,  Jean Françaix,  Astor Piazzolla,  Henry Bourtayre  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Dasch,  Till Bronner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
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  • 41.
    Faure: Requiem; Pavane
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706502 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Sylvia [Soprano Vocals] McNair,  John Birch,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  George Guest,  Jean Fournet
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  • 42.
    The Very Best Of Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21720 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Norman Jones,  Don Garrard,  Anne Pashley  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Pierre Boulez
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  • 43.
    Bravo! The No. 1 Albums / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5078531 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  William Moore,  Philip Paul Bliss,  Benjamin Franklin White,  Henry George Ley  ... 
    Performer:  Clayton Brainerd,  John Longhurst,  Richard Elliott,  Clay Christiansen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Bells on Temple Square
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  • 44.
    Classical Moods
    Label: Signature   Catalog: 2319 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Edvard Grieg,  Erik Satie  ... 
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  • 45.
    Faure: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine / Jarvi, Orchestre De Paris [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058874 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Chen Reiss,  Matthias Goerne,  Eric Picard
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
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  • 46.
    Faure: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine / Jarvi, Orchestre De Paris
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058878 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Chen Reiss,  Matthias Goerne,  Eric Picard
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
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  • 47.
    50 Greatest Pieces Of Classical Music / London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Pieter Schoeman,  Finghin Collins,  Craig Ogden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Craig Ogden,  Peter Schmalfuss,  Boris Björn Bagger  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Ilmar Lapinsch,  Klaus Arp  ... 
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  • 49.
    Late Night Classics: Music For Two Guitars
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1255 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Gaspar Sanz,  Martin Vishnik,  Sam Piha  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Vishnik,  Sam Piha
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  • 50.
    Icon: Vernon Handley - Champion Of British Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 98202 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Tasmin Little
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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