The Société Nationale de Musique was founded by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) and his colleagues in 1871; its establishment marked the beginning of the French Musical Renaissance. Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was one of the most important composers among this movement, and all his ten works for different combinations of instrument enriched the repertoire of the French chamber music.
Among these ten works, Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A major, Op.13 is a masterpiece among Fauré’s early works. Although Faure wasn't an expert in violin, he still experimented on a variety of timbre in this work with the help of violinist Hubert Léonard (1819- 1890).
This document can be divided into three parts. The first part focuses on the Faure’s life, style, and chamber music works. The second parts briefly introduce the work’s background and composing techniques of Fauré’s Op.13. The third part further discusses with performing techniques and interpretations of this sonata. Through the research of this work, author, hopefully, could help violinists will not only focus on the technique stage but also convey the idea of the composer more accurately while playing this work.