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Gabriel-Urbain Faure

Gabriel Fauré, a French composer and organist, was born on May 12th, 1845 in the southern French town of Pamiers. His music, characterized by unusual harmonies and modulations, was slow to gain recognition outside French. He is now acknowledged as one of the greatest French composers. Fauré's musical predilections were apparent from an early age when it was found that he could improvise on the local church harmonium and a piano. He trained at the Ecole Niedermeyer as organist and choirmaster, coming under the influence of Saint-Saëns and his circle while working as a church musician.

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