Based on poems by Verlaine, this set of nine short songs was revised from a voice and piano version to add a string quintet. Fauré uses several melodies throughout bringing them all together in the final song, “L’hiver a cessé.”
The work opens with a theme that Beethoven will continue to develop and play with, much as he does with his 5th Symphony, which premiered during the same year as this cello sonata.
Thought lost, this work was only brought to light when a set of parts were recently discovered. The trio was written while the Romanian composer was a teenager in 1897. Tonight’s performance is the U.S. premiere of the piece.