At last Fauré’s brilliant masterpiece is available in a modern urtext edition! This vibrant set of variations was premièred in London’s St James Hall on 10 December 1896 and appeared in print the following year in Paris and London. No autographs or manuscript copies of it have survived. “Thème et Variations“ pays homage to the German tradition, taking Robert Schumann’s “Symphonic Etudes“ in particular as a model for its form and rhythmic vitality.