The "Pavane" in F# minor, Op. 50, is a composition by
the French composer Gabriel Fauré, written in 1887. It
was originally a piano piece, but is better known in
Fauré's version for orchestra and optional chorus.
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
The original version of the Pavane was written for
piano in the late 1880s. The composer described it as
"elegant, but not otherwise important." Fauré intended
it to be played more briskly than it has generally come
to be performed in its more familiar orchestral
Since its premiere in 1888, Gabriel Fauré ?s Pavane Op.
50 has been an enormously popular piece of classical
music. Its beautiful main melody, evocative harmonies
and effective orchestration create a very stirring and
infectious work, which is why it has become such a
favourite with audiences and is so frequently heard
time and time again. It was used as the theme to the
1998 World Cup, and has also been the basis for various
popular music songs, such as Charlotte Church?s "Dream
Although originally written for Piano and later
Orchestra, I arranged his work for Flute and Piano.