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Nocturnes and Barcarolles for Solo Piano
The music of Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) is an important link between the innovations of late Romanticism and the experimentation of the early 20th century. In his long life, Fauré witnessed the achievements of both Richard Wagner and Alban Berg. A student of Saint-Saëns, he, in turn, taught Ravel and was a mentor to the young modernists of Les Six, among them Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud and Arthur Honegger.
The 24 works in this volume – 12 nocturnes and 12 barcarolles, composed over a span of 40 years – form a splendid musical document of Fauré’s evolution as a composer. In his first nocturne and first barcarolle, composed in his early thirties, the influence of Romanticism, of Cchopin and Saint-Saëns, are felt. In the last nocturne and barcarolle, both composed in 1915, when Fauré was 70, we hear the bold, Lean musical language of the 20th century.
These piano masterworks reveal Fauré’s distinctive musical gifts: subtle rhythmic fluidity, harmonic daring, free-flowing polyphony between the hands and, above all, lyrical melody. Pianists will enjoy discovering the rare musical personality that unfolds in these compositions, reprinted here from the authoritative French editions.
Publisher: Dover Publications
Author / Composer: Gabriel Fauré