World's Largest Sheet Music Selection

20323761
20323761
20323761

Ravel: Dances & Fairy Tales

By Joint Venture Percussion Duo

Be the first! Write a Review
https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/ravel-dances-fairy-tales-sheet-music/20323761

By Joint Venture Percussion Duo. By Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Classical. Listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.BIS-9054).

Item Number: NX.BIS-9054

Rachel Xi Zhang and Laurent Warnier, the two musicians forming Joint Venture Percussion Duo, met while they were still students at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Sharing a love for the music by Maurice Ravel and regretting that the composer never wrote for percussion instruments, they decided to make an arrangement of the Prelude from his last work for solo piano, Le Tombeau de Couperin. It proved an exhilarating experience as well as a fruitful exercise, bringing the duo closer together as the players aimed at creating a single inseparable sound in certain passages, and in others at producing a rainbow of timbres, inspired by Ravel's own shimmering orchestral scores. Arrangements of the entire work followed, with the prelude and a toccata framing a series of stylized dances: the Forlane with its dotted rhythms and piquant dissonances, the robust, bucolic Rigaudon and the Minuet, as well as a three-part fugue. The duo went on to arrange Ravel's fairy tales in Ma mere l'Oye, originally written for piano four hands but later expanded into a ballet score orchestrated by the composer himself. Joint Venture Percussion Duo closes their first recording with their arrangement of what has become one of Ravel's best-known compositions, the nobly melancholic Pavane pour une infante defunte.

About Listening CDs

Listening CDs are traditional music recordings. Listening CDs make a great educational supplement - hear exceptional professionals play the music you're learning! Or, just enjoy listening to the music you love.

Close X

By signing up you consent with the terms in our Privacy Policy

I am a music teacher.