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Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Urbain Fauré (French: [ɡabʁiɛl yʁbɛ̃ fɔʁe]; 12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, Sicilienne, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style.

Fauré was born into a cultured but not especially musical family. His talent became clear when he was a small boy. At the age of nine, he was sent to the Ecole Niedermeyer music college in Paris, where he was trained to be a church organist and choirmaster. The Ecole Neidermeyer's pedagogy differed greatly from that of the Paris Conservatoire. Among his teachers was Camille Saint-Saëns, who became a lifelong friend. After graduating from the college in 1865, Fauré earned a modest living as an organist and teacher, leaving him little time for composition. When he became successful in his middle age, holding the important posts of organist of the Église de la Madeleine and director of the Paris Conservatoire, he still lacked time for composing; he retreated to the countryside in the summer holidays to concentrate on composition. By his last years, Fauré was recognised in France as the leading French composer of his day. An unprecedented national musical tribute was held for him in Paris in 1922, headed by the president of the French Republic. Outside France, Fauré's music took decades to become widely accepted, except in Britain, where he had many admirers during his lifetime.

Fauré's music has been described as linking the end of Romanticism with the modernism of the second quarter of the 20th century. When he was born, Chopin was still composing, and by the time of Fauré's death, jazz and the atonal music of the Second Viennese School were being heard. The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which describes him as the most advanced composer of his generation in France, notes that his harmonic and melodic innovations influenced the teaching of harmony for later generations. During the last twenty years of his life, he suffered from increasing deafness. In contrast with the charm of his earlier music, his works from this period are sometimes elusive and withdrawn in character, and at other times turbulent and impassioned.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 12th, 1845 (Pamiers), Died Paris

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-576 10-in. 10/20/1903 Après un rêve J. F. Braun Vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-12394 10-in. 9/27/1912 Berceuse Maud Powell Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-17063 10-in. 1/26/1916 Pie Jesu Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-17065 12-in. 1/25/1916 Pie Jesu Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27358 10-in. 12/28/1922 Romance sans paroles Alfred Cortot Piano solo composer  
Victor B-31687 10-in. 1/20/1925 Dolly : Berceuse Alfred Cortot Piano solo composer  
Victor B-31972 10-in. 2/18/1925 Après un rêve Pablo Casals Cello solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-31972 10-in. 4/3/1925 Après un rêve Pablo Casals Cello solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-56754 10-in. 10/7/1929 Le secret Robert Hewit Male soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-63663 12-in. 9/18/1930 Pavane Walter Damrosch ; National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-67785 10-in. 1/12/1931 Les berceaux Clarisse Coudert Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CS-99565 12-in. 2/10/1936 Sonata in A major Emanuel Bay ; Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CS-99566 12-in. 2/10/1936 Sonata in A major Emanuel Bay ; Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CS-99567 12-in. 2/10/1936 Sonata in A major Emanuel Bay ; Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CS-99568 12-in. 2/10/1936 Sonata in A major Emanuel Bay ; Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CS-99569 12-in. 2/10/1936 Sonata in A major Emanuel Bay ; Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CS-99570 12-in. 2/10/1936 Sonata in A major Emanuel Bay ; Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duet composer  
Victor CS-03166 12-in. 12/28/1936 Elegie Jean Bedetti ; Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Cello and orchestra composer  
Victor CS-03167 12-in. 12/28/1936 Elegie Jean Bedetti ; Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Cello and orchestra composer  
Victor BS-018074 10-in. 1/19/1938 Fifth barcarolle Emma Boynet Piano solo composer  
Victor BS-018075 10-in. 1/19/1938 Fifth barcarolle Emma Boynet Piano solo composer  
Victor BS-018077 10-in. 1/19/1938 Sixth barcarolle Emma Boynet Piano solo composer  
Victor BS-027235 10-in. 9/28/1938 Les Roses d'Ispahan Frank La Forge ; Lily Pons Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 36519 12-in. 12/27/1912 Berceuse Eugène Ysaÿe Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 37210 12-in. ca. 1915 Après un rêve Charles Albert Baker ; Pablo Casals Cello solo, with piano composer  
(Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fauré, Gabriel," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103050.

Fauré, Gabriel. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103050.

"Fauré, Gabriel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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