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In our corner of the Internet, you find people such as that. A friend plays this very piece. I never did, but performed Fauré's Requiem. We have these skills because, along with our technical training we learned the Liberal subjects that free men and women should know: history, mathematics, music, logic.
Gabriel Fauré was perhaps France's greatest modern composer. His life began while Chopin was still composing, and ended in Louis Armstrong's Jazz Age. He was a child prodigy, taught by no less than Camille Saint-Saens, and ended up as director of the Paris Conservatory. He was profoundly lyrical, which no doubt contributed no small part in his popularity. I find his music to be a delight.