Today is the 83rd anniversary of Gabriel Fauré's death on November 4, 1924. Thanks to Jessica Duchen for pointing this out, as well as posting a awesome clip of the G minor Piano Quartet with pianist Pascal Devoyon & co.
Wikipedia article on Fauré
Biography from the Classical Music Pages
Another good biography from the BBC site
Although most people only get acquainted with Fauré's early songs, the time that encompasses his earliest (Le papillon et la fleur of 1861) and his last songs (L'horizon chimérique of 1922) spans over 60 years.
Here is a video of Régine Crespin and pianist Christian Ivaldi in a 1964 performance of the 1894 song Soir.