Recorded on 05/02/2012, uploaded on 05/02/2012
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Ravel’s charming Sonatine (given the diminutive title because its length is shorter than a traditional sonata) pays homage to the Classical form; however, it also makes subtle use of modern harmony. Ravel had a financial incentive for the work’s brevity, as it was originally penned for a 1903 competition by a fine-arts magazine calling for a 75-measure first movement of a piano sonata; the prize was 100 francs. Ravel, the only entrant, submitted a movement that was a few measures too long. No winner was declared as the magazine was nearing bankruptcy and cancelled the competition. The composer eventually completed the second and third movements in 1905.
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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