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.

Background

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

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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.