Composer and Teacher. He helped free French music from German influences. His style was elegant and reserved, rarely given to overstatement of big climactic surges. Faure wrote a handful of large-scale compositions: the famous "Requiem" (1887), the orchestral suite "Pelleas and Melisande" (1898), and the operas "Promethee" (1900) and "Penelope" (1913). But he was more at home in the intimate world of chamber music, and was one of the greatest creators of French art songs. Faure was born in Pamiers, Ariege, France. He studied under Camille Saint-Saens at the Ecole Niedermeyer in Paris from 1854 to 1865. As Director of the Paris Conservatory from 1905 to 1920 he greatly reformed its curriculum and many French composers acknowledged their debt to him. For the last 20 years of his life Fauré grew increasingly deaf, a fact he managed to keep secret from all but his closest friends.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards
Gabriel Fauré / Membre de l’Institut / Grand Croix de la Légion d’Honneur / 1845-1924