Classical Music

Music In The Making: Teacher’s Pet

Pedagogical bonds abound in this week’s episode.


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On this week’s episode, we’re taking a trip across Europe, with music by Romanian composer George Enescu, and his teacher, Frenchman Gabriel Fauré.

George Enescu
George Enescu

George Enescu: Octet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7
Cho-Liang Lin (violin), Sonja Harasim (violin), James Dunham (viola), Desmond Hoebig (cello), Dover String Quartet

Born in Romania, George Enescu began playing the violin at the young age of four, and started composing music a year later. Within three years, he was admitted to the Vienna Conservatory. After graduating, he moved to France to study at the Conservatory there, working with Massenet and Fauré. It was here, at the age of 19, that he wrote his octet, an expansive work that is often seen as the beginning of his mature style.

Gabriel Fauré
Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré: Nocturne no. 1 in E-flat Minor. Op. 33
Pascel Roge
Moores Opera House

Gabriel Fauré was one of Enescu’s principal teachers at the Conservatoire de Paris. As a teacher, he influenced many young composers, including Ravel, and ultimately became the director of the conservatory in 1905. He is known predominantly for his contributions in the genre of the French mélodie, or art song, and for his piano literature, which includes nocturnes, barcarolles, and impromptus.


This episode originally aired Sunday, March 19th, 2017. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Houston Public Media Classical.