Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) is one of the best French composers of his era. His artistic independence served to inspire many of the next generation of French composers seeking to create a new Gallic identity after World War I. His reforms at the Paris Conservatoire were the most radical the institution had yet experienced. This book gives equal weight to Faure's private and public lives, profiling the man behind the music, and going beyond the usual perception of Faure as a dreamy, unworldly individual to reveal his ambition and decisiveness in his struggle to achieve recognition from France's musical establishment. This stimulating biography, which charts Faure's long and difficult rise to fame, both illuminates his individuality and reveals his enduring legacy to French music.
Jessica Duchen is a freelance music journalist whose work appears frequently in the Guardian and BBC Music Magazine, among other publications. Founding editor of Piano magazine, she is the author of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, also in the 20th-Century Composers series.
In search of a family; in love and war; masters, marriage and music; a lullaby of death; the upward struggle; the immortal perfume; the archangel; the walled garden.