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Minimalist Tribute to Maurice Ravel for Piano Solo from Three Minimalist Tributes

By Michael Bomier

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Keyboard/Synthesizer - Intermediate
Composed by Michael Bomier. 21st Century, Repertoire, General Instructional. Sheet Music Single. 8 pages. Michael Bomier #GE3MTMR. Published by Michael Bomier (S0.25511).

Item Number: S0.25511

The second of the three Minimalist tributes to French composers takes some of Ravel's favorite chords, the minor 6/9 chord, the augmented major 7th, and a fascinating hybrid chord at the outer reaches of tonality that he used in the Valses Noble et Sentimentales, a minor/major 7th chord, but with an augmented fifth, spelled here as C-D# Ab-B, even though a more proper spelling should be C-Eb-G#-B. The chord has been divided into two 6ths, and is clearer to read and play in this spelling. My apologies to Lucien Garban, Ravel's editor, who would not have let him make this concession to convenience! So, arpeggiated figures in the treble accompany deep octaves in the bass in the opening and closing sections. This minor-major/augmented chord is used in the middle section, with a diminished chord slowly played out in octaves: a nod to Ravel's oft-used octotonic or diminished scale writing. Approx running time is just under 5 mins. Pedaling is clearly indicated throughout. Hand-crossing only at the finale. MBB.

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