Fauré composed his violin sonata in 1875/76 and in so doing opened up a new tradition for this genre in French music. In a review, Saint-Saëns expressed his enthusiasm for this work by his friend and pupil: "In this sonata you can find everything to tempt a gourmet: new forms, excellent modulations, unusual tone colours, and the use of unexpected rhythms. And a magic floats above everything, encompassing the whole work, causing the crowd of usual listeners to accept the unimagined audacity as something quite normal. With this work Monsieur Fauré takes his place amongst the masters."
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Camille Saint-Saëns did not stint on praise when he introduced the Violin Sonata no. 1 in A major op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) to the musical world in 1877: “This sonata has everything that will seduce the gourmet: novel forms, exquisite modulations, uncommon tone colours, the use of the most unexpected rhythms. And hovering above all this is a magic which envelops … more
About the composer
Representative exponent of French music around 1900. His creative work is centered around the art song, piano music (nocturnes, barcarolles, impromptus, valse-caprice), and chamber music – alongside other genres.
|1845||Born in Pamiers (Ariège) on May 12, the son of a primary school teacher.|
|1854–65||Attends the École de musique classique et religieuse (founded by L. Niedermeyer), where liturgical musicians were educated; lessons with Saint-Saëns (from 1861).|
|1866–70||Organist at the church of Saint-Sauveur in Rennes.|
|1871||After occupying various organist positions in Paris, he becomes assistant organist to Saint-Saëns at Saint-Sulpice. He numbers among the founding members of the Société nationale de musique. Performances of his works in their concerts.|
|1874||Premiere of his “Suite d’orchestre” in F major (“Symphony No. 1”), which is a compilation of existing pieces.|
|1875/76||Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13.|
|1876–79||Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15|
|1877||Maître de chapelle at Paris’s Église de la Madeleine.|
|1876/78||Premiere of his choral work “Les Djinns,” Op. 12.|
|from 1879||Attends performances of Wagner’s music; in his own compositions he distances himself from Wagner.|
|1885||Premiere of his Symphony No. 2 in D minor, later destroyed.|
|1887/88||Requiem, Op. 48.|
|1891||“Cinq Mélodies ‘de Venise’,” Op. 58, on texts by Verlaine.|
|1892–94||“La bonne chanson,” Op. 61, on texts by Verlaine.|
|1896||Successor to Dubois at the Madeleine. He conducts a composition class at the Paris Conservatoire.|
|1900||Premiere of the tragédie lyrique “Prométhée,” Op. 82.|
|1905–20||Director of the Conservatoire.|
|1909||President of the Société musicale indépendante.|
|1913||Premiere in Monte Carlo of his opera “Pénélope.”|
|1919||Song cycle, “Mirages,” Op. 113, with clear features of his modernist late style.|
|1924||Death in Paris on November 4.|
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Dieser Leipziger Erstdruck und ein autografes Arbeitsmanuskript des Komponisten sind die wesentlichen Quellen für die jetzt bei Henle erschienene Urtextausgabe, die nicht nur mit einem übersichtlichen und sauberen Druckbild aufwartet, sondern im Anhang auch zahlreiche Anmerkungen zu Bezeichnungen, Quellenabweichungen und Lesarten bereit hält.