Maurice Ravel - Pièce en forme de Habanera - (1907)
Peter Schmalfuss, piano
Elisabeth Ganter, clarinet
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) originally composed his “Pièce en forme de Habanera” as a Vocalise etude en forme de Habanera for bass voice and piano in 1907. A song without words, Ravel took as his model the slow, sultry Spanish dance called the habanera — like most French composers of the period, Ravel was fascinated by the music of Spain — and used it as the basis of a blindingly difficult virtuoso exercise for the bass voice. Ravel later transcribed the work for cello and piano — a transcription that retains all the virtuosity of the original — and from this several other arrangements have been made for virtually any and all instruments with aspirations to virtuoso glory.
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