13 December: Fauré’s naughty organist exploits

Every day throughout Advent, the season of overindulgence, we’ll be telling a tale of an overindulgent composer

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13 December: Fauré’s naughty organist exploits
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Composer:  Fauré

 

How indulgent: Naughtily indulgent

 

How: The French composer and organist would stay up drinking all night whilst working as a church organist in Rennes in the 1860s. In the morning, he was known to appear at the church wearing the evening tails he had worn the night before!

 

Did you know:   Fauré would leave the organ loft for a cigarette during the sermon. Unsurprisingly, he was fired as the organist at Rennes in 1870 for lack of piety and absence at nightly mass.

 

Now indulge yourself with…..  Piano Quintet No. 2

Aaron Copland described this work as ‘…a pure well of spirituality’. What could be more fitting at Christmas?

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