Fauré's talent became clear when he was a small boy. At the age of nine, he was sent to a music college in Paris, where he was trained to be a church organist and choirmaster. Among his teachers was Camille Saint-Saëns, who became a lifelong friend.
The Élégie (Elegy), Op. 24, was written in 1880, and first published and performed in public in 1883. Originally for cello and piano, the piece was later orchestrated by Fauré.
The Heart of the Fauré Elegy is the vivid expression of the wide-ranging emotions that accompany loss; when Fauré was 34, devastated and grieving over his broken engagement to his long-time love. Tonal shifts, the use of dissonance and harmonic ambiguity, and expansive register changes on the cello give this piece tremendous emotional range and depth.
Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. In France, he was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. A crucial figure in the transition to the modern era in Western music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His music is noted for its sensory component and frequent eschewing of tonality. Debussy’s work usually reflected the activities or turbulence in his own life. In French literary circles, the style of this period was known as symbolism, a movement that directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant. [source]
Debussy: Préludes, Book 2: II. Feuilles Mortes. Giorgi Latsabidze, piano [x] /// Mazurka of Debussy (1862 - 1918) [x] /// Beau Soir (“Beautiful Evening”) [x] /// La Plus que Lente, Advent Concert November 2007 [x] /// La Plus Que Lente [x] /// Danse sacrée, L 103, pt. 1 [x]