The Best of the 31 Days of Halloween Series: Pavane by Gabriel Fauré

>> Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Using the key of F-Sharp Minor (considered to be the saddest and most emotional key in Western harmony), the late 19th century French composer, Gabriel Fauré, evokes a hauntingly pensive and mournful feel to his Pavane, which is actually a type of dance. Combined with the sensual Neo-Gothic images of the stones and crypts at the cemetery in Staglieno, Italy, this particular presentation is among the most disturbing, yet hauntingly beautiful performances I've ever experienced.



3 comments:

Jasper October 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

Beautiful. (Duh!)

I always forget that the composition is describing a dance, it loses us so in the luscious orchestration.

Halloween?!
Are you suggesting it's pagan music?

Jasper October 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

Deja-vu!

Lynette October 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

That's why I titled this "The Best of..." 8^D

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