On this day, in 1845, French composer Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was born.
One of the most famous French composers of his generation, he was a great influence on many 20th-century composers. He was a bridge, between Romanticism and modernism. When he was born, Chopin was still composing. By the time of Faure's death, jazz was first being heard. Among his greatest works are Pavane, Requiem and the songs "Apres un rev" and "Clair de lune."
Some interesting Fauré facts:
At the age of nine he was taught by Camille Saint-Saens.
He was a master organist, playing at the Englise Saint-Sulpice in Paris.
He would take trips abroad to watch Richard Wagner operas.
He wrote music criticism for the newspaper Le Figaro.
"Clair de Lune":