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This paper provides a biography of Gabriel Faure, born on May 12th, 1845, in Pamiers, France, and looks at his musical career and his life as a composer. In particular, it examines his "Requiem", which was written shortly after the death of his father in 1885. It provides a movement by movement analysis and looks at how Faure's "Requiem" is a piece of extraordinarily beautiful musical sentiment. It analyzes how the delicate melodies and warm, dark orchestration create a rich and distinctly pious effect and how, with the greatest use of simplicity, Faure wrote a work that is of the most humanistic and tender nature.
From the Paper:"Faure's Requiem embodies a very different feeling than many requiems by other composers. Most profoundly, the tone is more one of exaltation than fear. There is a sense of celebration of life as opposed to a fear of death. A good contrast would be to compare Faure's Requiem with Mozart's Requiem. With the use of thick orchestration and driving melodies Mozart created an urgent and, at times, a painful and agonizing feeling. Faure's Requiem is lighter and more understated. We can infer a lot about his ideas on religion from this piece. At this period the notorious Pope Pius X released an edict stating that church musicians and clergy needed to remove from their repertoire all music of secular and theatrical origins."
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Faure's "Requiem" (2005, January 03) Retrieved May 25, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/essay/faure-requiem-54714/
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