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Gabriel Fauré

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Gabriel Urbain Fauré was a French composer of classical music, professor, and organist. Romantic in his beginnings and a fan of Richard Wagner’s music, he then followed the expressionism in line with French music, having a great melodic fineness and a composite balance.

Gabriel Fauré was born in Pamiers, France on May 12, 1845. He started studying music in the Ecole de Musique Classique et Religieuse with Louis Niedermeyer, having also as a professor Camille Saint-Saëns. His musical career was initially associated  with the organ; he was an organist in Rennes since 1866, and four years later, from various Parisian churches such as the St.Sulpice and the Église de la Madeleine. In 1896, he taught composition in the Paris Conservatory, having as students, among others, Maurice Ravel and Georges Enesco. In 1905 he was named director of the conservatory. Fauré died from pneumonia in Paris on November 4, 1924. He was given a state funeral, which was held at the Église de la Madeleine and is buried in the Cimetière de Passy, Paris.

The work of Gabriel Fauré is varied, and among his best known pieces are: “Balada” for piano and orchestra, “Pelléas et Méllisande”, the opera “Prométhée”, “Maeterlinck”, “Messe Basse”, “Réquiem”, “La bonne chanson”, “L’horizon chimerique”, the opera “Penélope”, and “Pavana”.

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