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the music of Gabriel Fauré
FRIDAY 15th July 2011 at 7:00pm

Featuring :The Boys and Men of All Saints and

instrumentalists from the Royal College of Music



On Friday 15 July we continue our theme of 'Voyage à Paris'  with a concert dedicated to the music of French composer, organist, pianist and teacher, Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924).


Fauré was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many twentieth-century composers. Among his best-known works are the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune", and some of the works we hear in this concert - his Nocturnes for piano, Pavane and Requiem.

Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor between 1887 and 1890. This choral–orchestral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead is the best known of his large works. The most famous movement is the soprano aria Pie Jesu. The composer Saint-Saëns said of it, "just as Mozart's is the only Ave verum Corpus, this is the only Pie Jesu." The other choral works in the programme are the sublime Cantique de Jean Racine and the Pavane. When Fauré began work on the Pavane, he envisaged a purely orchestral work to be played at a series of light

summer concerts. After Fauré opted to dedicate the work to his patron, Elisabeth, comtesse Greffulhe, he felt compelled to stage a grander affair and at her recommendation he added an invisible chorus to accompany the orchestra. The text is based on some inconsequential verses, à la Verlaine, on the romantic helplessness of man, which had been contributed by the Countess' cousin, Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac.


After the interval, the three instrumentalists that accompany the first half will play a selection of Fauré’s chamber music. The major work in the second half is the Violin Sonata No 1 in A major, which was enthusiastically received at its first performance in January 1877, and prompted a glowing review by Saint-Saëns in the Journal de Musique. Today it remains arguably the most popular of all Fauré’s chamber works, cherished for its freshness and verve, its characteristic Fauréan balance of elegant restraint and romantic ardour. Also included in the second half are a selection of Fauré’s piano

Nocturnes and the 'stuff of dreams' – his Impromptu for Harp solo.

All Saints is delighted to welcome three instrumentalists from the Royal College of Music to accompany tonight’s concert – the pianist and organist, Stephen Meakins, and his chamber partners Felicity Orme (harp) and Nora van der Stelt (violin).

Tickets cost £10 with £7 concessions (UB40, Student Card, Pensioners, which proof must be provided at the door) and are available for purchase by credit or debit card on the website here. £5 tickets are available to members of the Friends of All Saints’ Music; these can only be purchased directly from the Music Department, or on the door. Limited tickets will be available on the night from “doors open” at 6:30pm. The Church is wheelchair-accessible and has a suite of modern lavatories. For more information please contact the Music Department on
01604 623845 or e-mail


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