Recorded on 11/15/2005, uploaded on 01/09/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Maurice Ravel was inspired to compose Sonatine by a 1903 competition sponsored
by the Weekly Critical Review, a fine
arts and literary magazine. The requirement was a first movement of a piano
sonatina no longer than seventy-five measures, and the prize offered was one
hundred francs. However, the magazine went out of business and the contest was
cancelled. The remaining second and third movements were completed two years
later, keeping the late eighteenth-century elegance and classical structure.
Both are short in length, probably to maintain proportion to the first
movement. Ravel frequently programmed the first two movements of the Sonatine, not the last, however, fearing
he could not play it well enough. Stephanie Shih-yu Cheng
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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