We welcome Gabriel Fauré again with one of his most well-known pieces: Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50. A ‘pavane’, for those who don’t know and I didn’t until 2 minutes ago, is a slow processional dance common in Europe during the 16th century [source].
Wikipedia’s brief description of today’s music is,
Obtaining its rhythm from the slow processional Spanish court dance of the same name, the Pavane ebbs and flows from a series of harmonic and melodic climaxes, conjuring a cool, somewhat haunting, Belle Époque elegance. The piece is scored for only modest orchestral forces consisting of string instruments and one pair each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns.
Time for the music.
Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50 Gabriel Fauré