Fauré Barcarolle no. 1, Op. 26

Faure's use of the term 'Barcarolle' was more convenient than precise, as he was not attracted by fanciful titles -even mantaining that he only used generic terms for his pieces at the insistence of his publisher. Like the nocturnes, the barcarolles span nearly the whole of Fauré's composing career, and they similarly display the evolution of his style from the uncomplicated charm of the early pieces to the withdrawn and enigmatic quality of the late works. The first barcarolle was dedicated to the pianist Caroline de Serres and premiered by Saint-Saëns at a concert of the Société Nationale de Musique in 1882. The piece begins with an uncomplicated melody in a traditional lilting Venetian style in 6/8 time. It develops into a more elaborate form before the introduction of the second theme, in which the melodic line is given in the middle register with delicate arpeggiated accompaniments in the treble and bass. Morrison comments that even in this early work, conventional sweetness is enlivened by subtle dissonance.


Faure - Barcarolle No.1 in A minor, Op.26 - I
Faure - Barcarolle No.1 in A minor, Op.26 - Complete Performance



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