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
Works By George Enescu & Gabriel Faure / Trio Enescu
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 14309   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78

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  • 1.
    Faure Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94750 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jerome Ducros,  Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian,  Henri Demarquette,  Juliette Hurel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Serge Baudo,  Moshe Atzmón,  André Vandernoot  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Bretagne  ... 
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    Gabriel Faure: Dolly; Masques Et Bergamasques; Fantaisie; Trio, Vol. 4
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 603 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Eric Le Sage,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Raphael Merlin  ... 
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    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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    Mirror Reflections
    Label: Cube Bohemia   Catalog: 21249 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  György Ligeti,  Paul Hindemith,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Katerina Englichova,  Petr Nouzovsky
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    Pipe Dreams - Music For Flute / Anna Pope, Nancy Ruffer, Helen Crayford
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7390 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Kronke,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Albert Franz Doppler,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Pope,  Nancy Ruffer,  Helen Crayford
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    Convergence: Sopranino Saxophone Across The Centuries
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3252 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Farrell Vernon
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    Wie Einst In Schoner'n Tagen / Cathy Berberian
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 123152 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Popper,  Philipp Eulenberg,  Carl Loewe,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Boettcher,  Bruno Canino,  Cathy Berberian,  Karlheinz Zöller
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
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    Mit Der Flote Durch 5 Jahrhunderte
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312448 Release Date: 03/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jules Massenet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Junko Ukigaya,  Miyuki Motoi
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 51767 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  George Frideric Handel,  Erik Satie  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79914 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jake Heggie,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Rachel Frenkel  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Marco Armiliato,  Patrick Summers,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  English Concert,  tenThing (Brass Ensemble)  ... 
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    Bonbons For Organ / Martin Setchell
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Renaud,  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Arndt,  Francois Dubois  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Setchell
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    Famous Flute Miniatures / Grzegorz Olkiewicz, Waldemar Malicki
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 829 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Stanislaw Moniuszko,  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Grzegorz Olkiewicz,  Waldemar Malick
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    The French Album / Krijgh, Isanbaeva
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5131 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Harriet Krijgh,  Kamilla Isanbaeva
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    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 4074 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Eric Le Sage,  Emmanuel Pahud
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    Faure: Cello Sonatas / Alban Gerhardt, Cecile Licad
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67872 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Alban Gerhardt,  Cecile Licad
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    Faure: Complete Chamber Music For Piano And Strings
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70875 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Michel Dalberto,  Gautier Capuçon,  Nicholas Angelich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebčne
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    French Cello Works / Julian Steckel, Paul Rivinius
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553230 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  Nadia Boulanger  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Rivinius,  Julian Steckel
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    Flute Concertos - C.P.E. Bach, Benda, Chopin, Danzi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94097 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Danzi,  Franz Benda,  Franz Anton Hoffmeister,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  András Adorján,  Ingrid Dingfelder,  Machiko Takahashi,  Frank De Bruine  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair,  Milan Munclinger,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Roland Kieft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Rediviva Orchestra,  Cordevento,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble
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    Impressions Francaises
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 110401 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Hélčne Couvert,  Juliette Hurel,  Christine Icart,  Arnaud Thorette
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    Bonjour Paris / Albrecht Mayer, Academy Of St. Martin Of The Fields
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001522502 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jean Françaix,  Gotthard Odermatt  ... 
    Performer:  Albrecht Mayer
    Conductor:  Matthias Mönius,  Gotthard Odermatt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 22.
    Sunday Morning With Classical Cello
    Label: Shadow Mountain   Catalog: 5044704 Release Date: 12/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Nicole Jackson,  Jaromír Klepác,  Jed Moss
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    From The Flute, From The Heart
    Label: Syllaria   Catalog: 5637676580 Release Date: 09/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Theobald Boehm,  Gabriel Fauré,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Dominic Kyrie,  Pat Rodgers
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  • 24.
    Pierre Fournier - The Aristocrat Of Cellists
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29539 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Fournier,  Ernest Lush,  Tasso Janopoulo,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Eugčne Bigot,  Walter Susskind,  Alceo Galliera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
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    The Ultimate Lullaby Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570514-15 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Louis Spohr,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Judy Loman,  Nora Shulman,  Einar Steen-Nökleberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Libor Pesek,  James Judd  ... 
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