Sunday, May 14, 2006

War of the Romantics XII- Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

A pupil of Saint Saens and a mentor of Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Faure was a transitional figure in musical history; as Beethoven did with Classical and Romantic music, Faure similarly straddled the Romantic and Impressionistic labels. Claude Debussy and Ravel, the first full-fledged Impressionists, certainly pick up where Faure left off.
In these solo piano pieces, generally from the latter half of Faure's career, both the Romantic inspirations and the Impressionistic harmonies are evident. I am reminded of Brahms in Faure's use of "large scale syncopation" (Wikipedia), and of Mendelssohn in Faure's beautiful melodies- especially in his earlier Romances sans Paroles, a tribute to Mendelssohn's Songs without Words. But in Faure's nocturnes, influenced by Chopin, there are harmonies unlike any other in the Romantic era; ambiguous, hazy, and very Debussian. His Nocturnes No. 7 and 8 of 1898 are unbelievably radical for 19th century music, by any standard. Overall, Faure uses a romantic framework to advance his very forward-looking impressionistic ideas.

Included are:
Nocturnes 7-13
Preludes 3 and 9
Romances sans Paroles 1-3

Jean Martin- Faure Nocturnes Vol. 2


At May 15, 2006, Anonymous Derek said...

Always wanted to hear some of Faure's stuff. thanks! glad to see you're still around since I appreciate all you've done, and I understand you're probably tied down with a lot of work now.

btw, the first track of that Rimsky that you uploaded some time ago seems to have had a skipping problem, especially in the beginning... if you don't mind, could you maybe try re-importing that again and reuploading that track? I liked what I heard from him, and I'd like to share it with my friends. thanks again!

At May 16, 2006, Blogger marxbert said...

i've really neglected faure, considering how much i appreciate certain romantics and impressionists....

thanks for the upload.

by the way, onthemaster fade and my own blog ( been joined by another classical blog: )

At May 16, 2006, Anonymous Derek said...

thanks for the heads-up, marxbert! I've gotten some pretty neat stuff from leroisamuse, so i'm looking forward to this new one!

At May 19, 2006, Blogger Ananya said...

havn't heard Faure..but seems interresting!enjoyed reading your blog.keep it up.

At May 20, 2006, Blogger Miss F said...

Yes this is my firSt time to listen to Faure, too, thanks to your Blog!

His muSic seems to be depressing and melanchoLic. I wonder if other people felt the same saDness while listeNing to hiM.

my favorite is PreluDe no.3 in G minor, it's perfect music to accompany 0ne's existentiaList musiNgs, imho.

even his tender lovely compositions, like Romances sans paroLe and the last track here, No. 3 in A flat maj0r, sounds like elegies for a beautiful life passing by.

At August 28, 2006, Blogger julioxo said...

Thanks for the music


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