FAURE, Gabriel (1845-1924). French composer.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent ('Monsieur'), 2 pages 8vo on black-edged paper with blank leaf, Paris, 24 February ['1888' in pencil in another hand]. Discussing the kind of voice he needs for his songs.
Fauré explains that the date of 5 March will give them more latitude, and he accepts it. He does not know Mlle. Righi at all, but if her only known quality is as a dramatic soprano he fears that she would not be able to interpret his songs, which require above all a calm and tranquil voice. He has that day sent his correspondent his two quartets, and apologies for having bothered him recently with letters, thanking him for the interest he has shown.
Fauré is generally regarded as the greatest master of French song. Lettesr in which he writes about his works are rarely found. The piano quartets were published in 1884 and 1887.
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