Recorded on 03/17/2010, uploaded on 06/02/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
This piece by Maurice Ravel
is one of the most famous virtuoso pieces of all time, although the composer is
better-known for his impressionistic piano and orchestral scores, his violin
sonata, and string quartet. The word
"tzigane" in French originally comes from the Hungarian cigány which means "gypsy".
The exotic flavors associated with this word are perfectly expressed by
Ravel's precise and demonstrative writing.
The original piece was written in 1924 for violin and luthéal, a
piano-like instrument with "registers" to manipulate the sound and add more
colors, and later was adapted into versions for piano accompaniment and for
long "gypsy violin" solo begins the work and the accompaniment slowly begins
the dance. After many variations on the
simple theme and introductions of new themes overlapped with old ones-what one
could imagine real improvisers doing on the spot -the trademark "fast and
furious" end is the perfect finish to the only piece of the violin repertoire
with so much panache. Michael Cansfield
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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