Fauré’s Élégie: Jacqueline du Pré

In 1880, immediately following the completion of his First Piano Quartet, Gabriel Fauré began work on a sonata for cello and piano. Often, when composing a new chamber work, Fauré began with the slow movement. Ultimately, the sonata failed to materialize, but the intended slow movement was published as a stand-alone piece—the solemn and lamenting Élégie, Op. 24.

As with the First Piano Quartet, the Élégie is set in C minor. Its mournful initial melody rises over a funereal ostinato in the piano. An inner line in the piano opens the door to the tender middle section of the piece, which is in A-flat major. With this music, Fauré seems to bid farewell to Romanticism. The pieces which followed moved into more austere territory which anticipated the twentieth century.

The Élégie was first performed by the cellist Jules Loëb on December 15, 1883 at the Société Nationale de Musique, the organization established by Saint-Saëns to promote French music. This 1969 recording features Jacqueline Du Pré, accompanied by pianist, Gerald Moore:


  • Fauré: Élégie, Op. 24: Jacqueline du Pré, Gerald Moore Amazon

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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