Gabriel Urbain Fauré was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his music influenced 20th-century composers.
Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style.
Fauré’s musical talent became clear when he was a young boy and at the age of nine he was sent to music college in Paris, where he was trained to be a church organist and choirmaster. After graduating from the college in 1865, Fauré earned a living as an organist and teacher.
When he became successful in his middle age, he held the roles of organist of the Église de la Madeleine and director of the Paris Conservatoire.
By his later years, he was recognised in France as the leading French composer of his day. Fauré’s music took decades to become widely accepted, except in Britain, where he had many admirers during his lifetime.
The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which describes him as the most advanced composer of his generation in France, notes that his harmonic and melodic innovations influenced the teaching of harmony for later generations. During the last twenty years of his life, he suffered from increasing deafness.
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