Born: 1845, Pamiers, France
Died: 1924, Paris
"Isn't every artist free to translate his thought, his sensibility, by the means it pleases him to choose?"
Fauré was the avant garde French composer of his generation, which joined the era of Wagner and Berlioz on one end to that of the Second Viennese School on the other. He absorbed a wide variety of influences - including that of his teacher, Saint-Saëns - without ever sounding indebted to any of them. He was a great innovator, especially as a composer of vocal music, such as his masterly songs and his popular Requiem. Young musicians flocked to his classes at the Paris Conservatory, and his pupils included Ravel, Enescu, Koechlin, and Nadia Boulanger.
BBC Symphony and Chorus, Boulanger (BBC Legends)
Masques et bergamasques (orchestra, 1919)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (DG)