Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845–1924) was a French composer,
organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the
foremost French composers of his generation, and his
musical style influenced many 20th-century composers.
Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem,
nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and
"Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most
accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones,
Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works
in his later years, in a more harmonically and
melodically complex style.
The Dolly Suite, Op. 56, is a collection of pieces for
piano four-hands by Gabriel Fauré. It consists of short
pieces written or revised between 1893 and 1896, to
mark the birthdays and other events in the life of the
daughter of the composer's mistress. The suite,
consisting of six short pieces, each with its own
title: Berceuse, Mi-a-ou, Le jardin de Dolly,
Kitty-valse, Tendresse and Le pas espagnol.
The Berceuse, marking Dolly's first birthday, was a
very early piece, composed in 1864 for Suzanne Garnier,
the daughter of a family friend. In 1893 Fauré made
some small amendments and changed its title from "La
Chanson dans le jardin" to "Berceuse" – that is, a
Although originally composed for piano (4 hands), I
created this Interpretation for String Quartet (2
Violins, Viola & Cello).