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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Fauré: Orchestral Works / Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic
Release Date: 11/14/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9416   Number of Discs: 1
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Chausson: Poeme De L'amour, Etc; Fauré / Finnie, Tortelier
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8952   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel: Piano Concertos;  Fauré: Ballade / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8773   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Tortelier, Plazas, Stephen, Et Al
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10113   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16

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    Saint-saëns: Violin Concerto, Etc / Dumay, Rosenthal, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85699 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré,  Edouard Lalo
    Performer:  Augustin Dumay
    Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal,  Hikotaro Yazaki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Fauré: Sonatas For Violin And Piano / Karim Adam, Doris Adam
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 670 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Doris Adam,  Karin Adam
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  • 78.
    For Your Life - For Your Baby
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000180612 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Leopold Mozart,  Stephen Foster,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Anny Schlemm,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Norma Burrowes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Karl Münchinger,  Carl Davis,  André Previn  ... 
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  • 79.
    Violin Virtuoso Masterpieces / Mischa Elman, Joseph Seiger
    Label: Artemis Records   Catalog: 1199 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Kroll,  Arthur Benjamin,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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  • 80.
    Romantic Flute Concertos - Moscheles, Et Al / Grauwels, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555977 Release Date: 06/17/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne 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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  • 81.
    Voyage Nostalgique - Brahms, Bizet, Et Al / Trio Artemis
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1100 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Adler,  Antonín Dvorák,  Henry Mancini,  Zequinha de Abreu  ... 
    Performer:  Myriam Ruesch,  Bettina Macher,  Katja Hess
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Artemis
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Richard Baker's Favourite Violin Music
    Label: Upbeat Classics   Catalog: 136 Release Date: 11/04/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Kroll,  Sir Edward Elgar,  George Gershwin,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Leland Chen,  John Lenahan
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  • 84.
    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,  Henri Büsser,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Sikorzak-Olek
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  • 85.
    Chausson: Poeme; Faure, Lalo, Berlioz / Augustin Dumay
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47544 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel,  Jules Massenet,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Performer:  Augustin Dumay
    Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Masters Of The Bow - Violin / Accardo, Bell, Grumiaux, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472207 Release Date: 03/19/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Enrique Granados,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Reiner,  Henryk Szeryng,  Jean-Claude Ambrosini,  Christian Ferras  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Claudio Abbado,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Fauré: Orchestral Works / Plasson, Collard, Tortelier, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 74840 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Linda Chesis,  Nicolai Gedda,  Frederica Von Stade,  Patricia Nagle  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alix Bourbon Vocal Ensemble,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Night Music 10 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556610 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gabriel Fauré,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Irina Zaritskaya,  Jénö Jandó,  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman,  Keith Clark,  Ondrej Lenárd,  András Ligeti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Kodály String Quartet,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    Bach, Debussy, Etc / Ann Hobson Pilot
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Albert Hay Malotte,  Carlos Salzedo  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Hobson Pilot
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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    Whispers Of The Past / Peter Cooper, Marcia Labella
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 269 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wang Sa Xiao,  Jing Sha,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Cooper,  Marcia Labella
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  • 93.
    Aprčs Un Ręve - Fauré, Ravel, Et Al / Geraets, Waardenburg
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 19972 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Bernard Andrčs,  Andrea Padovano,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Theodora Geraets,  Erika Waardenburg
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  • 94.
    Listen, Learn, & Grow - Lullabies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554790 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry,  Josef Suk,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Péter Nagy,  Idil Biret,  Jénö Jandó,  Stepan Turnovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Richard Edlinger,  András Ligeti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Concentus Hungaricus,  Vienna Mozart Academy  ... 
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  • 95.
    Repertoire - Liebesträume / Ayako Shinozaki
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 8079 Release Date: 11/28/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Charles Gounod,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Ayako Shinozaki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lunaire Ensemble
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  • 96.
    Christmas Ŕ La Carte / Bartoli, Domingo, Mutter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459155 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Gabriel Fauré,  Saverio Mercadante,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Placido Domingo,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Simon Preston,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 97.
    Images De Noel / Con Voce
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2338 Release Date: 09/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Rainer Lautenbach,  Andreas N. Tarkmann  ... 
    Performer:  Heidrun Luchterhand,  Hans-Jörg Wegner,  Ellen Wegner,  Guido Larisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Con Voce
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  • 98.
    Berceuse - Music Of Peace And Calm
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553843 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
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  • 99.
    The Best Of Fauré
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556679 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Colm Carey,  Pascal Devoyon,  Dong-Suk Kang  ... 
    Conductor:  John Georgiadis,  Antonio de Almeida,  Jeremy Summerly,  Keith Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Schola Cantorum Oxford,  Oxford Camerata  ... 
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    Faure: World Of Faure
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466355 Release Date: 06/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sir Neville Marriner
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