Gabriel Fauré: A Research and Information Guide

Gabriel Fauré: A Research and Information Guide

Gabriel Fauré: A Research and Information Guide

Gabriel Fauré: A Research and Information Guide

Synopsis

The Guide provides basic facts about Gabriel Faure''s life and works. It is a compact source of information concerning both the nature of primary sources related to the composer and the scope and significance of the secondary sources which deal with him, his compositions, and his influence as a musician and teacher. The various sections of this work present a chronology of Faure''s life (with reference to the principal biographies), a list of his writings and compositions, a descriptive list of autograph manuscripts indicating their locations in libraries and private collections, an annotated bibliography of articles, books and theses divided into the following categories: biography and general commentary; correspondence; discussions of individual genres and works. The afterward offers suggestions for further research.

Excerpt

Gabriel Urbain Fauré was born 12 May 1845, in Pamiers in the south of France, and although Paris was his home from the age of nine, he maintained contact with his family and the Ariège region throughout his life. Legends abound concerning Fauré’s early contact with music ; in contrast, detailed historical information is available about his formal education in Louis Niedermeyer’s École de musique classique et religieuse, an institution which prepared musicians for the calling of organist and choirmaster but also insisted that they be literate men and receive training in the humanities. the strict, conservative curriculum of the Niedermeyer school, which Fauré entered at the age of nine, was broadened for him by his contact with Saint-Saëns, who became a life-long friend.

Fauré’s first employment after leaving school at the age of twenty was as organist of Saint-Sauveur in Rennes; dismissal from the position in 1870 allowed him to leave a provincial backwater and return to Paris as organist at Notre-Dame de Clignancourt. After brief military service in the Franco- Prussian War, Fauré served even more briefly as organist of Saint-Honoré d’Eylau until forced to flee Paris during the Commune. He spent the summer of 1871 teaching composition in Switzerland where the Niedermeyer school had fled during the conflict. Upon his return to Paris later that year, Fauré became choir organist of Saint-Sulpice. in 1877 he assumed the post of choirmaster at the Madeleine and, in 1896, succeeded Dubois as organiste titulaire. in the same year, he was appointed by Théodore Dubois to Massenet’s chair in composition at the Conservatoire, a position denied him in 1892 by Dubois’s predecessor, Ambroise Thomas. As well, Fauré had acquired the post of inspector of musical education in 1892 which he held until 1905. He also wrote musical criticism regularly for Le figaro from March 1903 until the First World War.

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