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…quartet and piano trio by Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), with a rich array of tremolos, forms based on repetition of melodic fragments, and many astringent harmonies. In England, on a different path are a string quartet and piano quintet by Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934) and two string quartets, a string quintet,…

- "For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I'm different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy."

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The original piano version of the Pavane was composed in 1899 and dedicated to the Princesse Edmond de Polignac (otherwise known as Winnaretta Singer), a French-American musical patron who was also the daughter of the nineteenth-century sewing-machine magnate, Isaac Singer. The orchestral arrangement wasn’t premiered for another eleven years.

The strikingly morose title of the work belies its actual inspiration: far from being about death, Ravel stated that ‘When I put together the words that make up this title, my only thought was the pleasure of alliteration’. While it’s literally true that the French should be translated as ‘Pavane for a dead Princess’, Ravel was at pains to point out that it ‘Is not a funeral lament for a dead child, but rather an evocation of the pavane that might have been danced by such a little princess as painted by Velázquez’. His comments went largely unheard, though; even today, many believe the piece to have a quite different meaning from the one the composer intended.

Recommended Recording (Original Version)

Angela Hewitt (piano). Hyperion: CDA 673412. 

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I just listened to the CD collection of "Ravel. The Complete Edition" on Decca. His entire repertoire is performed by an all star list of contemporary musicians, singers and conductors; among the best interpretations of his music I have ever heard. This set is well worth the price for an aficionado of Ravel.

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