Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

(Arranger: Paolo Fradiani)

  • for ensemble or chamber orchestra
  • 1 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 0 - hp (or pno), str
  • Duration: 7’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    oboe
    clarinet in Bb
    horn in F
    harp (or piano)
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass (strings: single or multiple players)
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Arranger: Paolo Fradiani

Work introduction

This famous piece, originally for piano, was orchestrated by Ravel in 1910. In this ensemble version, all the orchestral nuances created by Ravel have been preserved thanks to the choice of instrumentation, and above all to the use of the French horn, which in this piece in particular, is entrusted with the main theme. Furthermore, this instrument, thanks to its timbral characteristics, returns us and allows us to enjoy the fullness of orchestral sound despite the small number of instruments.

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