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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  • 26.
    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Vladislaw Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
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  • 27.
    Faure: Cello Sonatas / Ben-Sasson, Sternfield
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570545 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Ina-Esther Joost Ben-Sasson,  Allan Sternfield
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  • 28.
    Belle Epoque: A Portrait Of Gabriel Faure
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1539023 Release Date: 07/21/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Roy Howat,  Emily Kilpatrick
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  • 29.
    Saint-Saens: Sonata for Oboe and Piano; Faure / Mayer, Wisniewska
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7067 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Pierné,  Paul Pierne  ... 
    Performer:  Albrecht Mayer,  Karina Wisniewska
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  • 30.
    Fauré: Cello Sonatas, Elegie, Sicilienne / Igloi, Benson
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3316 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Thomas Igloi
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  • 31.
    Duetti Capricciosi
    Label: Disc Makers   Catalog: 5637283319 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Denis Bédard,  Gabriel Fauré,  Alfred Hollins,  Clifford Demarest  ... 
    Performer:  David Kevin Lamb,  Madlen Batchvarova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Kontrasti
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  • 32.
    Naturally Faure
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3002 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Alain Trudel,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  Francine Chabot,  Thérèse Ryan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Hochelaga
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  • 33.
    Fauré: Cello Sonatas / Kliegel, Tichman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557889 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Nina Tichman
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  • 34.
    Franck, Faure: Works For Cello And Piano / Klein, Melinte
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 304680 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Solin Melinte,  Emil Klein
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  • 35.
    Fauré: Elegie, Sonata For Cello, Etc / Gaillard, Fontaine
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 130 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard,  Bruno Fontaine
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  • 36.
    Virtuoso Cello Encores / Joseph Kaizer, Nariaki Sugiura
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3374 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Bottermund,  Jules Massenet,  Robert Schumann,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Nariaki Sugiura,  Joseph Kaizer
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  • 37.
    Reflections / Bloemendal, Goodman
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81373 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gaspar Cassadó,  Claude Debussy,  Don Thompson  ... 
    Performer:  Coenraad Bloemendal,  Erica Goodman
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  • 38.
    Fantastic Flute - Gluck, Et Al / Wolfgang Schulz, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28092 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Roman Hoffstetter,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schulz,  Atsuko Wada,  Naoko Yoshino
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  • 39.
    The French Collection / Hersch, Thielemans, Eubanks
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49561 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Francis Poulenc,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Eubanks,  Joey Baron,  Steve LaSpina,  Fred Hersch  ... 
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  • 40.
    Encore - Lloyd Webber - Unexpected Songs
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 59488 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Edward MacDowell,  James Horner,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  John Lenehan,  Michael Ball,  Steafan Hannigan  ... 
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  • 41.
    Andante Cantabile - Cello Encores / Lynn Harrell, Bruno Canino
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4767487 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rentauro Taki,  Alfredo Catalani,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul Hillemacher  ... 
    Performer:  Lynn Harrell,  Bruno Canino
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  • 42.
    Label: Sirius   Catalog: 5637310734 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
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  • 43.
    The Most Relaxing Flute Album In The World... Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 33596 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Erik Satie,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Performer:  Ransom Wilson,  Mariko Anraku,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Philippa Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Louis Auriacombe,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Ristenpart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Nash Ensemble,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    La Flute Francaise
    Label: Golden Tone   Catalog: 5637427417 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Francois Bone,  Georges Hüe  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Fried
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  • 45.
    Fauré: Complete Works For Cello And Piano / Brown, Trüb
    Label: Doron Music   Catalog: 3045 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Niall Brown,  Isabelle Trüb
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  • 46.
    New Horizons - Music From France And Spain / Walton, Et Al
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 42 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Cassadó,  Claude Debussy,  Manuel de Falla,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Grimwood,  Jamie Walton
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  • 47.
    Classical Cuisine - Sunday Brunch
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 74774 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johann Pachelbel,  Thomas Yorke,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Jos van Immerseel,  Vera Beths,  Christopher O'Riley  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 48.
    Sunday Morning Favourites
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1130 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Eric Coates  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Souter
    Conductor:  Guy Williams,  Carl Davis,  Don Jackson,  Yun-Sung Chang  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Baroque,  Bamberg Piano Quintet,  Elizabethan Consort
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  • 49.
    After a Dream / Monroe, Masi-Fletcher
    Label: Erv Monroe/Patty Masri-fletcher   Catalog: 5637426978 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Salvatore Rosa,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Patty Masri-Fletcher,  Erv Monroe
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  • 50.
    The Most Relaxing Cello Album In The World... Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62507 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Daniel Barenboim,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Truls Otterbech Mork  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Slatkin,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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