Gabriel Fauré: A Musical Life

A comprehensive guide to Gabriel Fauré’s life, works, and milieu by the world’s foremost authority on the composer.

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This important biography of Gabriel Fauré is the most comprehensive study yet of this central figure of fin-de-siecle France. It traces the composer’s life and the rich cultural milieu in which he lived and worked: the world of Saint-Saens, Flaubert, Verlaine, Ravel, Debussy and Proust. A large part of the book considers all genres of Fauré’s music in detail, with particular emphasis on his adjustment to the musical language of the twentieth century. The book is the fruit of over twenty years’ research by Nectoux, the foremost authority on Gabriel Fauré. In the process of writing this definitive study, he read more than 5000 previously unpublished letters and unearthed more than 120 musical manuscripts. The book includes rare photographs from Fauré’s lifetime and an extended chronology of the composer’s life, a complete listing of his works, and a detailed bibliography.

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