Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) is now acknowledged as one of the greatest of French composers. His influence on composition during the first half of the twentieth century is undoubted. His modal influence is to be found in works by Ravel, Koechlin, Enesco, Roger-Ducasse and Schmitt, all of whom studied with him, and even in Stravinsky (The Firebird, Petrushka).
Dolly is a piano suite. Written between 1893 and 1896 for four hands, it is in six short movements, which could be described as ‘miniatures’. It was written for Dolly Bardac (the young daughter of Emma Bardac, who later became Madame Debussy).