A beautiful slow dance that captures the essence of beauty. The Pavane pulls at the audience and causes a reaction of quiet reflection. Musicians will share the joy of playing this wonderful composition.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard Level: 3.5 | Duration: 6:10
Program Notes The Pavane - an old stately dance of Italian or Spanish origin - can be traced back to the 16th century. French composer Gabriels Faure's Pavane, written in 1886 for orchestra for a series of concerts in Paris, exudes charm, gentility even; the music flows easily yet with a sure sense of direction. In 1919 the composer reused it in his one-act divertissement Masques and Bergamasques. Faure was much revered during his lifetime as a professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire for many years together with his connection with church music as an organist. In concert performance the Pavane benefits from being allowed to unfold at its own unhurried pace and in its (mostly) own quiet way.