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13.09.2010 08:22

A key figure in French music

Bärenreiter embarks on the Complete Works of Gabriel Fauré

Bärenreiter-Verlag is embarking on the publication of a new Complete Edition. The complete output of the French composer Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) will be published in 26 music volumes, a catalogue of works and a volume of illustrations. Fauré occupied a central position in the transitional period between the Romantic and modern periods in French music because he maintained a great independence from trends and schools. In particular, the Requiem Op. 48 and his chamber music have retained their place in the concert repertoire.

For the first time, the Complete Edition brings together all works which were published during the composer’s lifetime. In this process, the editors have consulted all the original sources – manuscripts, corrected proofs, first editions with corrections made by the composer, etc.

The Fauré Complete Edition will also reveal little-known or unpublished works or parts of works, particularly from his juvenilia. This will give a more complete picture of the composer’s aesthetic development, with its early influences derived from the musical classics. Fauré quickly found his own personal harmonic language, which developed to the boldness of the opera “Pénélope” and the late chamber music and piano works.  The edition will include abandoned works such as the Allegro from the Violin Concerto Op. 14 and the Symphony or Orchestral Suite in F Op. 20. Unpublished versions of well-known pieces await rediscovery, as well as the few songs which the composer himself orchestrated.

The first volume includes the Piano Trio Op. 120 and the String Quartet Op. 121.

Gabriel Fauré: Œuvres complètes. Direction scientifique: Jean-Michel Nectoux. Bärenreiter-Verlag

The first volume:
Vol. V/3: Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle op. 120; Quatuor à cordes op. 121. Edited by James William Sobaskie. BA 9464. € 234,–.