This enigmatic and seldom heard piece was composed by Ravel for the Paris Conseratory's sight-reading test in 1913. On paper it is a mere 27 measures long and appears simple enough, although actually treacherous, and poses challenges of interpretation for anyone who initially encounters the piece. It is one of those atmospheric pieces that only Ravel could create that grows on one with every hearing.
On this website, it lists the difficulty of the following prelude as a Grade 7. I have the music, and I don't find it difficult at all. Is this truly the difficulty of this piece? What do you guys think? The only thing I can think of that would make it a level 7 piece would be the octaves and chord progressions, but that's about it.
Second part of my small recording session the other day. Love this piece, so much. It's amazing, how Ravel originally wrote this as a sight reading exercise for the Paris Conservatory... In any case, enjoy!
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