Gabriel Urbain Fauré was a French Romantic composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers.

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

Here are a few of his most popular works:

  • Pavane, Op. 50 - The pavane was a slow processional dance common in the Renaissance (16c). Faure recasts it in all the glorious colours of the modern orchestra.
  • Fantasie, Op.79 for Flute. - Listen to the articulation of the flute as it floats above the lush harmonies like flowers in a Monet meadow.
  • Requiem in D minor, Op. 48. - Faure's most loved choral work.

Monet: Meadow with Poplars 1875, painted by Peter Inglis.
Monet: Meadow with Poplars 1875, painted by Peter Inglis

Art & Music

I recommend you play classical music in the background to encourage creative and relaxed thinking.

Why does good music encourage ordered and creative thinking?

Western Classical music is a highly sophisticated language of psychological expression, as is Western Art.

The form, harmony, rhythm and melody of well structured music is particularly helpful in inducing a "flow state".

If you develop your music and art literacy, you will hear and see many common elements between the two creative spheres.

I always tell my students that I can tell whether a painter can dance by looking at his work. I can read the music rhythms and sense of balance in the brush strokes.

So, what music?

Claude Monet (1840-1926) Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Claude Monet (1840-1926) | Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

The obvious choice for an impressionist painting is... impressionist music! Debussy, Ravel, Faure, de Falla, Franck, Albeniz, Granados, Villa-Lobos. There are many to choose from.

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