Pieces Breves. This collection of short works for piano provides an ideal introduction to Fauré's music for the intermediate player. Although at times the stretch of an adult hand is called for, the technical demands on the pianist are far less than those required to master his larger works, such as the Nocturnes and Barcarolles. Roy Howat has consulted all the appropriate sources and, as a result, has been able to correct the errorsand misprints in previous editions of the Pièces brèves. Besides their straight- forward musical beauty, the 'Pièces brèves' are remarkable for their blend of coherence and diversity. Spanning up to forty years of Fauré's composing life, they reflect the many facets of his long composing career.