About Gabriel Fauré's Impromptus
Fauré’s first three Impromptus date from the early 1880s, but at least partly strikes a more serious and passionate note than the exuberant Valse-Caprices from the same period.
The fourth Impromptu, from 1904, partly remains in the earlier sound world, but also contains a rather unsettling, harmonically provocative middle section.
The brief fifth Impromptu is a breathtaking moto perpetuo making very interesting use of the whole tone scale.
The sixth Impromptu is a transcription by Alfred Cortot of Fauré’s Impromptu for harp.