Gabriel Fauré was a composer who shaped contemporary French music with his refined and gentle music. As a songwriter of great sophistication and sensitivity, even as a composer in every chamber music branch, Fauré excelled. He published over 100 songs, including "Après un rêve" (c. 1865) and "Les Roses d'Ispahan" (1884), as well as song cycles including La Bonne Chanson (1891-92) and L'Horizon chimérique (1891-92).
A variety of extraordinarily original and exquisitely wrought compositions have enriched the piano literature, of which his 13 nocturnes, 13 barcaroles, and five impromptus are probably the most representative and best known. Among other famous compositions are Fauré's Ballade for piano and orchestra (1881; initially arranged for solo piano, 1877–79), two sonatas for violin and piano, and Berceuse for violin and piano (1880). Élégie for cello and piano (1880; arranged for orchestra, 1896), and two sonatas for cello and piano are often performed and recorded, as well as chamber parts.
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