Fantaisie Op. 79 (1898)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Program note written by Jacob Farmer

Movements:
One moment, two sections:
Andantino
Allegro

Approximate Performance Time:
5 minutes

Difficulty:
Intermediate Advanced – appropriate for advanced high school students and college undergraduates

Recordings:
James Galway. Fantasie, Op. 79. Sony, n.d. Vinyl recording.Emmanuel Pahud & Eric Le Sage. Fantasie, Op. 79. Alpha, 2013. MP3.

Source Article:
Cook, Kathleen Roberta. “The Paris Conservatory and the “Solos De Concours” for Flute, 1900-1955.” Order No. 9209214 The University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1991. Ann Arbor: ProQuest. Web. 1 Oct. 2016.

Biography:
Gabriel Fauré, born 1845, was a successful organist in an otherwise difficult time to be noticed in nineteenth century France. As a student of Camille Saint-Saëns, he served as the official organist for several churches throughout Paris. Fauré took on students himself without having any teaching job. He later became the director of the Paris Conservatory, then retired after fifteen years to focus on composing. Fauré diverse works include chamber music, church music (most notably Requiem), orchestral arrangements, and a large collection of solo and duet arrangements, particularly for piano and strings. Fauré died in 1924 in Paris.

Piece Information:
Gabriel Fauré’s Fantaisie was written for his colleague, Paul Taffanel. The piece was composed for the 1898 Solo duConcours. Although the piece is one movement, it is divided into two sections: Andantino and Allegro. The Andantino is the slow, lyrical section with a long, beautiful melody repeated a couple of times with ornamentation or variations. The second section contains two themes. The first theme is based on scales and arpeggiated sections. The other theme is lyrical with large interval jumps, requiring great flexibility and control. The work was arranged for flute in orchestra in 1958.