Posts tagged ‘Gabriel Fauré’

October 13, 2013

2013-10-13 Notes from the Bench

“Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Fauré

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

The choral work, Cantique de Jean Racine (Op. 11) was composed by Gabriel Fauré in 1864 when he was nineteen years old and graduating from the Niedermeyer School. He was awarded the first prize for this work. The original French text “Verbe égal au Très-Haut” (Word equal to the Very High one) is a paraphrase of a hymn by the 17th-century French playwright, Jean-Baptiste Racine (1639-1699). The accompaniment was originally written for piano or organ, and has been arranged for various instrumental ensembles including strings, orchestra, and harp. Today, this early composition of Fauré’s is among the works of standard choral repertory.

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