Gabriel Urbain Fauré, 1845 - 1924
Portrait by John Singer Sargent (Ca. 1889)
Born: 12 May 1845, Pamiers, France
Died: 4 November 1924, Paris, France
Gabriel Faure quotes:
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- For me, art, and especially music, exist to elevate us as far as possible above everyday existence. permalink
letter to son Philippe (1908)
- Mozart's music is particularly difficult to perform. His admirable clarity exacts absolute cleanness: the slightest mistake in it stands out like black on white. It is music in which all the notes must be heard. permalink
- The great charm of St Francis, that which explains the wonderful attraction he has even for spirits apparently removed from him, is that no one was less a churchman. He was neither a priest nor theologian. He did not even know his bible well. He ignored the first rules of scholasticism.... He hardly knew the Saints, of whom he was to become the greatest. He spoke to the crowds, not like the ecclesiatical preachers, from high pulpits, but simply, from among the peasants and the womenfolk, without dogmatic paraphernalia, without theological quotations or pompous phrases. He was an orator without oratorical method. His way of renouncing earthly goods was not the way of the ascetics. He forbade himself riches, he did not forbid himself joy. permalink
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