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
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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Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Arte Verum  
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    Claude Monet: The Magic Garden
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4810408 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Erik Satie  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    L'Art de la Flute de Pan / Simon Stanciu
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3140 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
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    A Musical Journey - Night Music Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110549 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Péter Nagy,  Jenö Jandó
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Ondrej Lenárd
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    Embrace / Seunghee Lee
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 577 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gabriel Fauré,  Gabriel Pierné,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
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    PentaTone - The First 10 Years
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186500 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Fischer,  Sa Chen,  Arabella Steinbacher,  Mari Kodama  ... 
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    The Classical Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566202 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Franz Liszt,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lang Lang,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
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    Songs, Remembrances And Impressions: Music For Trumpet And Guitar
    Label: Tijuca Music   Catalog: 5637714965 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  Pixinguinha,  Dimas Sedicias  ... 
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    A Song Without Words - The Legacy Of Paul Taffanel / Kenneth Smith, Paul Rhodes
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 21371 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
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    Summer Serenade / Patrick Gallois
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457610 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie  ... 
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    Conductor:  Philip Bride,  Emmanuel Krivine,  Bernard Thomas,  Jacques Mercier
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1568989 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
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    Air / Michala Petri, Lars Hannibal
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68769 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert (Dresden),  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
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    Flute Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280202 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Roussel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Ibert,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
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    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Benjamin Britten,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
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    The Singer / Lesley Garrett
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57403 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
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    Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra - Fauré, Schoenberg / Vonk, St. Louis So
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186324 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk
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    Just Classics
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4766418 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Frederick Delius,  Alexander Borodin,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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    The Art Of Paula Robison
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 123 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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    Label: Jan Cole   Catalog: 5637338203 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Blavet,  John Stanley,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Cole,  Yvar Mikhashoff
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    The #1 Guitar Album - Segovia, Romero, Bream, Lagoya, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001041302 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Göran Söllscher,  Pepe Romero,  Ida Presti  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Sillito,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Nick Ingman,  Mats Rondin
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    The Fauré Album / Shaham, Eguchi, Smith
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Akira Eguchi,  Brinton Smith
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    Vocalise - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Taube / Rondin, Et Al
    Label: Cybele   Catalog: 1024 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Evert Taube,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
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    Impressions - French Chamber Music For Harp / Linos Harp
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93175 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Jean Cras,  André Jolivet,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Sophie Hallynck,  Annette Schäfer,  Gaby Pas-Van Riet,  Gunter Teuffel  ... 
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    Adagios, Sérénades / Simion Stanciu, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3069 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Simion Stanciu Syrinx,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Marielle Nordmann
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan,  Jean-Pierre Berlingen,  Hans Graf,  Edmond de Stoutz  ... 
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    Perfect Autumn Wedding
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557978 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 4
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67336 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
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