Maurice Ravel
Pavane pour une infante défunte

"An evocation of a pavane that a little princess might, in former times, have danced at the Spanish court“ (Ravel)

ID: 1880
Maurice Ravel

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Key: E Minor
Year: 1899
Level: 8+
Period: Impressionism
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A tender evocation of a courtly dance

Many will recognize the opening bars of this haunting miniature, but not many outside the realm of classical music fans will know its name. The title "Pavane for a Deceased Princess" may seem exceedingly gloomy, but Ravel made it clear that it should absolutely not be interpreted as funeral music. The piece, which takes its name from a popular 17th-century dance form, is charmingly simple when compared to many of Ravel’s other works.


The work doesn’t indicate any particular princess from history. Ravel said that it was instead a fond remembrance of Spanish culture, "an evocation of a pavane that a little princess might, in former times, have danced at the Spanish court“ He dedicated the piece to the American-born heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, Winnaretta Singer, who was his sponsor.

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ARSM pieces by iamdopeuarenope
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Which is the melody in Ravel's Pavane? by faa2010
The question above.  What I can understand is that the key dwells in the first page of the score.  And in the half of the third one, there is a new one. And that is a challenge specially in...

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ATCL Programme by redheadrebby
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Advice for Pavane pour une Infante Defunte? by krysjez
Hi everyone, My first post here, looking forward to being part of this community :) I just started learning Ravel's Pavane pour une Infante Defunte today, some sight-reading through...

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

Pour une Infante defunte 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...

Hi everybody, Best recordings of this piece, any...

What are you playing/learning at the moment? by pianochick93
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Pedal in Ravel's Pavane? 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...

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

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This piece is composed by Maurice Ravel and was published in 1899. Title: Pavane pour une infante défunte, in E Minor . The difficulty level if graded by ABRSM would be approximately 8+ and it belongs to the Impressionism period.