Gabriel Fauré


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

Work: Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78

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  • 51.
    Romantic Flute Concertos - Moscheles, Et Al / Grauwels, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555977 Release Date: 06/17/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Damaré,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Marc Grauwels,  Guy Vanderborght,  Joris Van den Hauwe
    Conductor:  André Vandernoot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Morning Light / Laura Campbell, Myra Kovary
    Label: Laura Campbell And Myra Kovary   Catalog: 5637240141 Release Date: 06/03/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Vincent Persichetti,  L. Fleury  ... 
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    Jeux A Deux - Music For Flute & Harp / Aitken, Goodman
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81101 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Joseph Gossec,  Erik Satie,  Gabriel Fauré,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Aitken,  Erica Goodman
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  • 54.
    Works For Flute And Harp - Rust, Zamara, Busser, Ibert, Etc
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 347 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Wilhelm Rust,  Antonio Zamara,  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Sikorzak-Olek
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    Dance Of The Blessed Spirits
    Label: Secret Formula Records   Catalog: 5637494088 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Tarrant
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    Serenity - Music For Flute And Harp / Martinez-mouilleseaux
    Label: Music Pizzazz   Catalog: 5637451353 Release Date: 03/06/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Simon,  Larry Henley,  Vincent Persichetti,  Charles Gounod  ... 
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  • 57.
    A Bride's Guide To Wedding Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503134 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  Théodore Dubois,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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  • 58.
    Café Au Lait - Rhené-baton, Gaubert, Et Al /Bezaly, Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1239 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emile Noblot,  Claude Paul Taffanel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ferruccio Busoni  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen,  Sharon Bezaly
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  • 59.
    Dazzle And Nostalgia - Cello Favorites / Hanani, Levin
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3072 Release Date: 07/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    Cello For Relaxation / Isserlis, Harnoy, Starker, Et Al
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63798 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Robert Schumann,  Frederick Delius,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis,  Christoph Eschenbach,  János Starker,  Ofra Harnoy  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Paul Robinson,  Antonio de Almeida,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Toronto Chamber Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    Continuum / Matt Tropman
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 279 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Sam Pilafian,  David Gillingham,  Ermano Picchi  ... 
    Performer:  Matt Tropman,  Dom Moio,  Alice Mikolajewski
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    Fin De Siecle - French Flute Masterpieces / Zoon, Brackman
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1041 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Zoon,  Philippe Gaubert,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Bernd Brackman,  Jacques Zoon
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  • 63.
    Romantic Connections
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 3748 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Eccles,  Jacques Castérède,  Eric Ewazen,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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  • 64.
    Musique De Nuit - Fauré, Pierné, Satie, Koechlin / Lencsés
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97409 Release Date: 08/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Erik Satie,  Gabriel Pierné,  Charles Koechlin
    Performer:  Giselle Herbert,  Lajos Lencsés
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  • 65.
    Après Un Rêve - Fauré, Ravel, Et Al / Geraets, Waardenburg
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 19972 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Bernard Andrès,  Andrea Padovano,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
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  • 66.
    Romance Sans Paroles - Fauré / Thérèse Ryan, Francine Chabot
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2176 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Francine Chabot,  Thérèse Ryan
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  • 67.
    Classics For The Heart
    Label: Domo Records   Catalog: 46961 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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  • 68.
    Dance Of The Blessed Spirits - Music For Flute & Harp
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554166 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Sir Edward Elgar,  François Joseph Gossec  ... 
    Performer:  Judy Loman,  Nora Shulman
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Fauré: Works For Cello And Piano / Dinitzen, Westenholz
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32220 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Kim Bak Dinitzen,  Elisabeth Westenholz
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  • 71.
    Beau Soir / Pergamenschikow, Gililov
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 349951 Release Date: 05/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Gililov,  Boris Pergamenschikow
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  • 72.
    Faure: Complete Works For Cello / Isserlis, Devoyon
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68049 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Pascal Devoyon,  Steven Isserlis,  Francis Grier,  David Waterman
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  • 73.
    Virtuoso Cello Music / Elemér Lavotha, Bengt Ericson
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 224 Release Date: 03/06/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Jules Massenet,  François Couperin,  Marcel Tournier  ... 
    Performer:  Elémér Lavotha,  Karin Langebo,  Bengt Ericson
    Conductor:  Jan Olav Wedin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kalmar Läns Chamber Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Flute - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66703 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Nielsen,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edgard Varèse  ... 
    Performer:  Frantisek Posta,  Frantisek Slama,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Josef Hála  ... 
    Conductor:  Milan Munclinger,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Philippe Entremont,  Michel Colombier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Rediviva,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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  • 75.
    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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