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FAURÉ, Gabriel
b Pamiers, Ariege, 12 May 1845
d Paris, 4 November 1924, aged seventy-nine

He was the son of a village schoolmaster. At the age of nine he was sent to the school of Louis Niedermeyer, who made no charge for the boy's education. He remained there until 1865, forming a friendship with another teacher, Saint-Saens. In 1866 he became organist at Rennes. In 1870 he joined a light infantry regiment for the Franco-Prussian War. From 1871 to 1873 he was an organist in Paris and taught at the l'Ecole Niedermeyer. In 1877 he became assistant organist and choirmaster at the Madeleine, and in 1896 chief organist at the Madeleine and professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory. He was appointed director of the Conservatory in 1905, and retired from that post in 1920. From 1910, however, he became increasingly deaf, and this handicapped him seriously for the rest of his life.

1870 (25)

'Puisqu'ici-bas', duet for two sopranos

'Tarentella', duet for two sopranos

1873 (28)

Cantique de Jean Racine

1875 (30)

Les Djinns, for chorus and orchestra

Suite for orchestra

Allegro Symphonique, for orchestra

1876 (31)

Violin Sonata in A major

1878 (33)

Violin Concerto

1879 (34)

Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor

1880 (35)

Berceuse, for violin and piano

1881 (36)

Ballade for piano and orchestra

Le Ruisseau, for two female voices and piano

1882 (37)

Romance, for violin and orchestra

La Naissance de Vénus, for soli, chorus and orchestra

1883 (38)

Elegie, in C minor

Four Valse-caprices for piano (1883-94)

Five Impromptus (1883-1910)

Thirteen Nocturnes (1883-1922)

Thirteen Barcarolles (1883-1921)

1884 (39)

Symphony in D minor (unpublished)

1886 (41)

Piano Quartet No 2 in G minor

1887 (42)


Pavane, with chorus ad lib

1888 (43)

Caligula, incidental music

1889 (44)

Shylock, incidental music

Petite piece, for cello and piano

1890 (45)

Cinq Mélodies de Verlaine, songs

1891-2 (46-7)

La bonne chanson, nine songs

1893 (48)

Dolly Suite, for piano duet

1895 (50)

Romance, for cello and piano

1897 (52)

Theme and Variations for piano

1898 (53)

Pelleas et Mélisande, incidental music

Andante for violin and piano

Papillon, for cello and piano

Sicilienne, for cello and piano

Fantaisie, for flute and piano

1900 (55)

Promethée, Lyric tragedy

1901 (56)

La voile du bonheur, incidental music

1904 (S9)

Impromptu for harp

1906 (61)

Piano Quintet in D minor

Le chanson d'Eve, song cycle (1906-10)

1908 (63)

Sérénade, for cello and piano

1910 (65)

Nine Preludes

1913 (68)

Pénélope, opera

1915-18 (71-3)

Le jardin clos, eight songs

1917 (72)

Violin Sonata No 2 in E minor and E major

1918 (73)

Cello Sonata No 1 in D minor

Une Chatelaine et sa tour, for harp

1919 (74)

Fantaisie, for piano and orchestra

Mirages, four songs

1920 (75)

Masques et Bergamasques, suite for orchestra

1921 (76)

Piano Quintet No 2 in C minor

1922 (77)

Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor

L'horizon chimérique, songs

1923 (78)

Piano Trio in D minor

1924 (79)

String Quartet

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