Pavane Op.50
Gabriel Fauré


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The first of 3 entries for Fauré in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This peaked at number 73 in 1999, following on from its use in the 1998 World Cup coverage.

Composed in 1887, Pavane is another perfect example of Fauré refining his musical ideas into miniature form, with the result that the it is done and dusted within six minutes. The work was written for orchestra, but the composer went on to pen an arrangement that included a choir, although only the original version remains in regular performance today. It's thought that Fauré probably added the chorus at the request of countess Greffulhe, a wealthy patron of the arts in Paris.

The pavane began life as a sixteenth-century court dance, and is thought most likely to have originated in italy. Fauré's take on the genre is a beautiful example, flowing grace fully and freely in a thoroughly enchanting way.

Portrait de Gabriel Fauré peint by John Singer Sargent (c.1889).