Masques et bergamasques was one of the last pieces that Gabriel Fauré 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, Fauré wondering what to do with them.
When the work was finished, Fauré is supposedly to have said that “It is like the impression you get from the paintings of Watteau.” Here are some of those paintings.