French Chamber Music
It was only during the last 30 years of the 19th century that chamber music became the focus of French composers’ attention. Initially they drew their inspiration from the German Romantic tradition, but Gabriel Fauré soon attempted to combine the German composition techniques with French characteristics in his works. Claude Debussy's string quartet is still rooted in the ideals of César Franck's music, whereas Maurice Ravel followed his own more radical approach orientating himself towards expressionism.
All these composers made their personal mark in this genre and created lasting chamber music masterworks which take a central place in the Bärenreiter publication programme.