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Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte in E Minor

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Maurice Ravel :
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Pavane pour une infante défunte   in E Minor by Ravel piano sheet music
Key: E Minor Year: 1899
Level: 8+ Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (965 kB)

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xx Advice for Pavane pour une Infante Defunte?
February 11, 2011, 01:51:40 PM by krysjez

Hi everyone,

My first post here, looking forward to being part of this community Smiley

I just started learning Ravel's Pavane pour une Infante Defunte today, some sight-reading through the first page. So far what I can tell is there are two layers of music for the right hand - an outer 'main' melody and the inner supporting staccato notes.

My problem now is with making the main melody sound clearer. Is there some kind of weight distribution thing to take note of when playing, so that the top notes ring out while the inner supporting melody stays subdued? Is it just a matter of training my pinky to be more independent of the other fingers?

Have stopped learning piano for 2 years (stopped at Gr. 8 ) and am now messing around on my own, so all help much appreciated Smiley

June 29, 2010, 09:36:05 PM by migamaral

Could you give me some advice for fingering from measure 28 to 34?

Many thanks

xx Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
March 25, 2010, 02:21:01 PM by wiwi1019

xx Pour une Infante defunte
January 28, 2009, 02:15:56 AM by hoff

Holy crap is this piece hard. I can do okay until around measure 28, where I suddenly need to start moving notes around and can not play at even close to a reasonable speed. I have a feeling this is pretty far out of my league -- I've been taking lessons for about a year and a half and other things I've played recently are some simple Bach pieces, the Gymnopedies by Satie, a simple Chopin, and Moonlight Sonata.

Do you guys agree? My teacher doesn't seem to mind my slogging through it but I don't feel like I'm getting anything out of it anymore...

-- John

June 17, 2008, 11:50:28 PM by migamaral

Hi everybody,

Best recordings of this piece, any advice?

xx Pedal in Ravel's Pavane?
January 28, 2008, 10:44:04 AM by pianochick93

I have tried this piece both with and without pedal, with pedal it occasionally becomes too blurred, whatever I do. Without, it sounds way too dry.

The copy I have doesn't have any pedal markings on it, but every recording I have heard has pedal.

I'm confused, and I was after thoughts on what you do, or what you would do.

Thanks a lot.

xx Pavane
August 03, 2007, 12:31:10 AM by doreen

does anyone have a suggestion for fingering of Ravel's Pavane in measure 61 and measure70? thanks  doreenh

xx Ravel, Pavane pour une Infante defunte
November 24, 2006, 04:19:30 AM by rachfan

In posting all of the Ravel character pieces previously, somehow I had overlooked the Pavane, so here it is.  The earlier postings were the Menuet Antique, Menuet sur le nom de Haydn, Prelude pour Piano, A la maniere de... Emmanuel Chabrier, and A la maniere de... Borodin. 

The Pavane was composed in 1899 and published by Eschig in 1900.  It is dedicated to the Princess E. de Polignac, an important patroness of the musical arts in Ravel's time.  The first performance was given by Ravel's friend, Ricardo Vines, on April 5, 1902 for the Societe Nationale de Musique at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

Update: I deleted the CD cut (104 downloads) and replaced it with the original tape recording which has better fidelity.

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