Piano Music - Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré


1845 - 1924
Gabriel Fauré was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher.



"For me, art, and especially music, exist to elevate us as far as possible above everyday existence."

“To know an art really well, one must know everything about it, both its origins and its development.” – Gabriel Fauré
At the Piano with Gabriel Fauré (1963) by Marguerite Long

“How many times have I asked myself what use music is? And what am I translating? What feelings? What ideas? How can I express something I do not understand myself?” – Gabriel Fauré
At the Piano with Gabriel Fauré (1963) by Marguerite Long

"And I always enjoy seeing sunlight play on the rocks, the water, the trees and plains. What variety of effects, what brilliance and what softness... I wish my music could show as much diversity."

"If one has not heard Wagner at Bayreuth, one has heard nothing! Take lots of handkerchiefs because you will cry a great deal! Also take a sedative because you will be exalted to the point of delirium!"

"Mozart's music is particularly difficult to perform. His admirable clarity exacts absolute cleanness: the slightest mistake in it stands out like black on white. It is music in which all the notes must be heard."

Quotes by Gabriel Fauré






Gabriel Fauré's Piano Music


— Fugue à trois parties, F, c1862

— Sonata, F, 6 April 1863

Op 17 Trois romances sans paroles, ?1863 (1880)

— Mazurke, B, c1865

— Gavotte, c, 16 May 1869, incl. in Sym., op.20, and Masques et bergamasques, op.112

— Petite fugue, a, 30 June 1869, as op.84/3 (1902)

— Prélude et fugue, e, Nov–Dec 1869, only fugue pubd, as op.84/6 (1902)

Op. 84 Huit pièces brèves, 1869–1902 (1902), titled by publisher against Fauré’s wishes: 1 Capriccio, E; 2 Fantaisie, A; 3 Fugue, a; 4 Adagietto, e; 5 Improvisation, c; 6 Fugue, e; 7 Allegresse, C; 8 Nocturne no.8, D

Op. 32 Mazurka, B, c1875 (1883)

Op. 33/1 Nocturne no.1, e, c1875 (1883)

Op. 19 Ballade, F, 1877–9 (1880), orchd 1881

Op. 25 Impromptu no.1, E, 1881 (1881)

Op. 26 Barcarolle no.1, a, ?1881 (1881)

Op. 33/2 Nocturne no.2, B, c1881 (1883)

Op. 30 Valse-caprice no.1, A, ?1882 (1883)

Op. 31 Impromptu no.2, f, May 1883 (1883)

Op. 33/3 Nocturne no.3, A, 1883 (1883)

Op. 34 Impromptu no.3, A, 1883 (1883)

Op. 38 Valse-caprice no.2, D, July 1884 (1884)

Op. 37 Nocturne no.5, B, Aug 1884 (1885)

Op. 36 Nocturne no.4, E, 1884 (1885)

Op. 41 Barcarolle no.2, G, Aug 1885 (1886)

Op. 42 Barcarolle no.3, G, 1885 (1886)

Op. 44 Barcarolle no.4, A, 1886 (1887)

Op. 59 Valse-caprice no.3, G, 1887–93 (1893)

Op. 62 Valse-caprice, no.4, A, 1893–4 (1894)

Op. 63 Nocturne no.6, D, 3 Aug 1894 (1894)

Op. 66 Barcarolle no.5, f, 18 Sept 1894 (1894)

Op. 73 Thème et variations, c, 1895 (London and Paris, 1897)

Op. 70 Barcarolle no.6, E, ?1895 (London and Paris, 1896)

— Prelude, C, 1897, in I. Philipp: Etudes d’octaves (1897)

Op. 74 Nocturne no.7, c, 1898 (1899)

Op. 84/8 Nocturne no.8, D, 1902 (1902)

Op. 90 Barcarolle no.7, d, Aug 1905 (1905)

Op. 91 Impromptu no.4, D, 1905–6 (1906)

Op. 96 Barcarolle no.8, D, 1906 (1908)

Op. 97 Nocturne no.9, b, ?1908 (1909)

Op. 99 Nocturne no.10, b, Nov 1908 (1909)

Op. 101 Barcarolle no.9, a, 1908–9 (1909)

Op. 102 Impromptu no.5, f, 1908–9 (1909)

Op. 103 Nine Preludes, D, c, g, F, d, e, A, c, e, 1909–10 (1910–11)

Op. 104/1 Nocturne no.11, f, 1913 (1913)

Op. 104/2 Barcarolle no.10, a, Oct 1913 (1913)

Op. 105 Barcarolle no.11, g, 1913 (1914)

Op. 106bis Barcarolle no.12, e, Sept 1915 (1916)

Op. 107 Nocturne no.12, e, Aug–Sept 1915 (1916)

Op. 116 Barcarolle no.13, C, Feb 1921 (1921)

Op. 119 Nocturne no.13, b, 31 Dec 1921 (1922)