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Alfred Schnittke Alfred Schnittke
1934-1998

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1989
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Fauré, Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13

October 23rd, 2013

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13, 1876

Towards the end of his life in 1924, Gabriel Fauré was celebrated as the leading French composer of his time, a central force in the resurgence of French music in the late 19th century that rose from a late romantic style, sought a fresh nationalistic voice and emerged, with the likes of Debussy and Ravel, in 20th century “Impressionism.” Fauré’s music spans this timeline and has been described as a bridge between Brahms and Debussy. Fauré unquestionably established his own, unique musical style with innovations in modal and whole tone melody and a pliant harmony of subtle but constant modulation. It suggests a new kind of extended tonality as a natural extension of tradition without breaking it in the manner of atonality or synthetic serialism. Fauré was the most innovative composer of his generation and, through his teaching and writing, became quite influential on subsequent generations. « more »


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