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.


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.

Are you suggesting it's pagan music?

Jasper October 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM  


Lynette October 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

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


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