Even though Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) wrote a lyric tragedy, Promthe, and an opera, Pnlope, he found his true vocation as a melodist and composer. He started his musical studies at the Niedermeyer school and followed in the footsteps of his piano teacher, Saint-Sans, who later became his friend. Together with Gounod and Berlioz, Saint-Sans created a new genre: the mlodie that followed on from the 18th century romance and differed from it by its more literary aspects. At the age of 16, Faure wrote his first work: Le papillon et la fleur, based on a poem by Victor Hugo – with a deliberate will to depart from the folklorical aspect, contrary to the German lied…..Download booklet
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