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Gabriel Urbain Faure[E6G]
(1845-1924)


Honours

Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, 1923[H77]
Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, 1920[H77]
Commander of the Legion of Honour, 1910[H77]
Officer of the Legion of Honour, 1903[H77]
Knight of the Legion of Honour, 1890[H77]

Positions Held

Director of the Conservatoire of Paris, 1905-20, res.[E6G]
Music critic of Le Figaro, 1903-21.[E6G]
Chief organist at La Madeleine, 1896[E6G]
Inspector of the national conservatories in the provinces, 1892[E6G]
Choirmaster of La Madeleine, Paris, 1877[E6G]
Organist at St Honoré d’Eylau church, Paris, 1871[E6G]
Assistant organist at St Sulpice, 1871-74[E6G]
Assistant organist at the church of Notre-Dame de Clignancourt, Paris, 1870[E6G]
Organist of St Sauveur, Rennes, 1866-70.[E6G]

Biographical

A French composer, Fauré was a student at the Ecole Niedermeyer in Paris from 1854 to 1865, which included piano class with Saint-Saëns from 1861.  He won a number of prizes for his early works, and then enlisted in the army, serving in the in the Franco-Prussian War between 18870 and 1871.  He was a co-founder of the Société Nationale de Musique in 1871 where many of his works were first performed.  In 1877 he travelled to Germany and met Liszt, presenting him with his Ballade op.19, but Liszt found it too difficult to play.  He retired from the Conservatoire of Paris after his health declined.  In 1909, he was elected to the Institut de France.  Fauré is chiefly remembered for his songs, but he also wrote operas and orchestral pieces.[E6G]

Place of birth: Pamiers, Ariège[E6G]
Place of death: Paris[E6G]

 
 

 

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