Gabriel Fauré – Life and Work
Gabriel Fauré received an extensive musical training both at the École Niedermeyer and as a piano student of Camille Saint-Saëns. After working as an organist in Rennes and Paris he became “maître de chapelle” in 1877 and in 1896 successor to Théodore Dubois as organist at the Madeleine church in Paris. Later that year he succeeded Jules Massenet as professor of composition at the Conservatoire, becoming director in 1905. Fauré’s distinctive musical language, already prevalent in his early works, continued to develop considerably over the almost fifty years in which he composed, greatly influencing his numerous pupils, notably Maurice Ravel, and making him a forerunner and co-creator of a new French musical style at the turn of the 20th century.