Master par Excellence

I have already mentioned Gabriel Fauré in my first post of this series, but as I listen to this composer a lot right now, and also because he is interesting in the content of comparing the late Romanticism with the Modernism, due to his own transition during those years. I will make another post about Fauré.

I’m no expert in music theory, so I can’t get into a deep explanation about his development,  but you can listen for yourself to this two Violin pieces, both wonderful but the difference is very clear. :

Violin sonata, Op. 13 Composition Year 1875-76:

Fauré was professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire from the mid 1890’s and from the first decade the headmaster, one of his famous students was Maurice Ravel. After Fauré’s death, the Conservatoire rejected his radical teaching.

Violin sonata, Op. 108 Composition Year 1916-17:

In 1945 Musicologist Leslie Orrey wrote in The Musical Times, “‘More profound than Saint-Saëns, more varied than Lalo, more spontaneous than d’Indy, more classic than Debussy, Gabriel Fauré is the master par excellence of French music.”

String Quartet in E minor, Op 121, is his last work, completed in 1924


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