Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré Music Recordings

  • Born
    12th May 1845
  • Died
    4th November 1924
  • Birthplace
    Pamiers, France

Gabriel Urbain Fauré 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 Nocturnes for piano, the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune", his Pavane and his Requiem. Born into a cultured but not unusually musical family, Fauré revealed his talent when he was a small boy. He was sent to a music college in Paris, where he was trained to be a church organist and choirmaster. Among his teachers was Camille Saint-Saëns, who became a lifelong friend. In his early years, Fauré earned a modest living as an organist and teacher, leaving him little time for composition. When he became successful, holding the important posts of organist of the Église de la Madeleine and head of the Paris Conservatoire, he still lacked time for composing, retreating to the countryside in the summer holidays to concentrate on composition.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Barcarolle no. 1, Op. 26 Barcarolle Piano
Fantaisie, Op. 79 Fantasy Flute
Élégie, Op. 24 Funeral Music Cello
Requiem, Op. 48 Funeral Music Choir and Orchestra
Impromptu no. 4, Op. 91 Impromptu Piano
Berceuse, Op. 16 Lullaby/Berceuse Violin
Nocturne no. 4 in Eb, Op. 36 Nocturne Piano
Pavane, Op. 50 Pavane Orchestra
9 Preludes, Op. 103 Prelude Piano
Piano Quartet no. 1, Op. 15 Quartet Chamber group
Piano Quartet no. 2, Op. 45 Quartet Chamber group
no. 3 from Romance sans paroles, Op. 17 Romance Piano
2 Offertories, Op. 65 Sacred Mass Organ
2 Songs, Op.67 Sacred Mass Organ
Messe basse Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Tantum ergo, Op. 55 Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Violin Sonata no. 1, Op. 13 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
3 Songs, Op. 7 Song Piano
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 Song Choir and Instrument
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 Suite Orchestra