The piece is scored for only modest orchestral forces consisting of string instruments and one pair each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns. From the outset, the Pavane has enjoyed immense popularity.
Edited by Roger Argente.
The Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50 was written in 1887, originally a piano solo piece, but is better known in Fauré's own version for orchestra and optional chorus. Obtaining its rhythm from the slow processional Spanish court dance of the same name, the Pavane ebbs and flows from a series of harmonic and melodic climaxes, conjuring a haunting Belle Époque elegance.