Masques et bergamasques was one of the last pieces that Gabriel Faur√© finished. The Prince of Monaco commissioned it, and it premiered in Monte Carlo in April of 1919.
He composed only a small part of it anew. Most of the rest was ideas that had been lying around, Faur√© wondering what to do with them.
When the work was finished, Faur√© is supposedly to have said that “It is like the impression you get from the paintings of Watteau.” Here are some of those paintings.