Gabriel Fauré and Jules Massenet

Classical Music Datebook:  May 12.

French composers Gabriel Fauré and Jules Massenet share the same birthday.

Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 - 4 November 1924), was born in Pamiers. He was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. One of the foremost French composers of his day, his musical style influenced many 20th century composers. Among his best-known works are his Nocturnes for piano, the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clare de lune."  He studied with Saint-Saens. His own pupils included Maurice Ravel, Enesco, and Nadia Boulanger. His musical style influenced many 20th century composers. His harmonic and melodic language affected how harmony was later taught.

Jules Massenet (May 12, 1842 - August 13, 1912), French opera composer and teacher, is born in Montaud.  He is best-known for his opera Thais, with that poignant and heartwarming "Meditation de Thais."  His compositions were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and he was one of the greatest melodists  of his time. Apart from Manon and Werther, his works were rarely performed. However, since the mid-1970s, many operas of his such as Thais.

Images of Faure and Massenet are both in Public Domain.


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