Last week we heard Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition Ravel was of course also a great composer in his own right. These days his most famous piece is the slow, hypnotic, Spanish-influenced Bolero, made famous by the film 10. Today’s selection is also slow and Spanish-sounding, but also dramatic and melancholy, his Pavane for a Dead Princess. Once again, we have two versions, the original one for piano:
And Ravel’s own later orchestration. Note the emotional power Ravel evokes from the strings, and even more so the french horns.
All the music from the this series can be found and enjoyed here.