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 / Christophers, St. Martin In The Fields, The Sixteen
Release Date: 03/11/2008   Label: Coro  
Catalog: 16057   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Sicilienne

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  • 26.
    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
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Jennifer Smith,  Geraldine McGreevy,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  ... 
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  • 27.
    Super Audio Cd Sampler Vol 2
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186086 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried August Homilius,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Bram Beekman,  Andrew Marriner,  Julia Fischer,  Mari Kodama
    Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Ed Spanjaard,  Simon Murphy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 28.
    La Belle France - Music Inspired By France
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80653 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis,  Judith Blegen,  John O'Conor,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Robert Shaw,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 29.
    Carmen Fantasy / Paula Robison
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1615 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Fernande Le Borne,  Henri Dutilleux,  Claude Paul Taffanel  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Paula Robison
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  • 30.
    Radiance - More Classics For Yoga
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17463 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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  • 31.
    Guitar Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000250302 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Ida Presti,  Pepe Romero,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel,  Kenneth Sillito,  Nick Ingman,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Budapest Film Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Classics For Pilates
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17400 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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  • 33.
    Bassic Instincts
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5026 Release Date: 06/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Lahti Cello and Bass Ensemble
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  • 34.
    Carmen Fantasy - Borne, Ravel, Ibert, Et Al / Sefika Kutluer
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1108 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Kleynjans,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Sefika Kutluer
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  • 35.
    Kdfc - Islands Of Sanity 2 -islands By Day, Islands By Night
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557420-21 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
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  • 36.
    Baba Yaga - Mussorgsky, Faure, Schumann, Et Al / Duo Vivace
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97463 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Gabriel Fauré,  Robert Schumann,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Baumann,  Albrecht Volz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Vivace
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  • 37.
    Bedroom Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000088602 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sir William Walton,  Edvard Grieg,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  Heinz Holliger,  William Bennett,  Eduardo Fernandez  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Andrew Litton,  Iona Brown,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 38.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472847 Release Date: 03/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Niccolò Paganini,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Göran Söllscher,  Pepe Romero,  Nicola Hall,  Steve Erquiaga  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  George Malcolm,  Kenneth Sillito
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Concert
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  • 39.
    James Galway - Music For My Little Friends
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63725 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phil Coulter,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  James Galway
    Conductor:  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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  • 40.
    The Ultimate Relaxation Album Iii
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472243 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Aaron Copland,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Christer Thorvaldsson,  Paul Coker,  Joshua Bell,  Julian Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  David Zinman,  Neeme Järvi,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  I Musici,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    For Your Life - For A Sunday Morning
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470456 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gustav Holst,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Thurston Dart
    Conductor:  Raymond Agoult,  Christopher Hogwood,  Willi Boskovsky,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Ensemble,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Ave Maria - Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Et Al / Sakimoto, Miyake
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 589 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Traditional,  Tommy Reilly  ... 
    Performer:  Haruna Miyake,  Joe Sakimoto
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  • 43.
    The Flight Of The Bumblebee - Spring Music
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 469692 Release Date: 09/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Ottorino Respighi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Oleg Maisenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Intermezzo - Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554703 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  János Selmeczy
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Alexander Rahbari,  Kenneth Schermerhorn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Fauré: Pelléas Et Mélisande, Valses-caprices, Mazurka, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553741 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Pierre-Alain Volondat
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  • 46.
    Gloria - Classical Music For Reflection And Meditation
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556702 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Orlando de Lassus,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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    For Flute & Guitar / Virginia Taylor, Timothy Kain
    Label: Tall Poppies   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 05/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel Aloymias Robles,  Yvonne Desportes,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Jorge Morel  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Kain,  Virginia Taylor
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