Friday, July 25, 2008

The Gay Ninties in Paris with Gabriel Fauré

The 1890's were a great time in French art and Gabriel Fauré was there conducting the choir of one of the fanciest churches in Paris. Friends with composers, singers, artists and writers - Fauré was struggling to make his musical voice known and respected. On the Piano this Sunday we contiue our exploration of Fauré's life and music. Handsome and debonair, Fauré was painted several times by John Singer Sargent.

It is surprising that someone so good looking would go to a matchmaker to find his wife. When she turned out less compatable than he hoped, Fauré turned to the many women that found him so attractive. One of those affairs enriched the world of music as you will hear on the Piano, this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI. What music? A hint is pictured below:

(Fauré and "Dolly" Bardac)

Host, Randy Anderson

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