Gabriel Fauré (1854-1924) was born to a cultured, but not unusually musical family. He revealed his talent for music as a young boy, and trained for a career in music in Paris, France. Though the focus of his life was spent as a organist and teacher, Fauré gave us many compositions that are enjoyed around the world. Among his most celebrated works are Elegie for Cello and Orchestra, his Nocturnes for piano, and Pavane Op.50. He is remembered as a leading French composer of his day.