Friday, May 21, 2010

What's going on behind those big, brown eyes?

The 1890's was a time of artistic expansion for Gabriel Faure and some of his best known works came to life in this age of changing values. In painting, the Impressionists were coming on strong and music was changing too. The big, heavy and deadly serious music of the hyper-romantics was losing favor and Faure's melodic and deceptively simple sounding works were gaining the respect they still have today. It was also a time of emotional growth, Faure was called the French Brahms - he spent most his life working at one church job or another, but there was another side to this multi-talented musician. He married and when that didn't work out he cast his intense brown eyes else where and from one of these affairs we get some his best known pieces.

Find out more about this fascinating artist on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

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