Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was a French organist, composer pianist and teacher. He composed his Requiem in D minor, one of his more famous works, in 1887. It was first performed in 1888. He added further sections in 1889 and in 1899 reworked it for full orchestra. The work was possibly a tribute to his father who died in 1885 although there is some debate about this. He regarded it as 'a work composed for pleasure'. It has long been a favourite of Choirs and Choral Societies, and Bearsden Choir is delighted to be performing it in our Concert for Christmas.
Portrait of Fauré by John Singer Sargent
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) a priest, music teacher and virtuoso violinist, composed this Gloria in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà for which he composed many other works. However the work was lost when he died and was not performed again 1939, with the full unaltered version finally appearing in 1957. The cheerful nature of the work is something that has always appealed to the Bearsden Choir!