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Pièce en forme de habanera

composer
arranger
1930

 
The success of Emmanuel Chabrier’s orchestral piece España (1883) established a trend for music by French composers in a Spanish style which became so popular that one cynical commentator stated that all the best Spanish music was being written by French composers. Even Debussy (who visited Spain only once, for one day) was moved to write Ibéria as the second part of his Images for orchestra. Though something of a rebel as a young composer, the idea nevertheless captivated the thirty-two-year-old Maurice Ravel, and it was while he was composing his opera L’Heure espagnole in 1907 that he created his vocalise-étude, Pièce en forme de habañera. Being for wordless voice, it does of course lend itself very well to instrumental performance, and the versatile tenor register of the bassoon seems to me to be an ideal voice for this subtle, expressive music, especially with Arthur Hoérée’s delicious orchestration made in 1930.

from notes by Laurence Perkins © 2004

Recordings

The Playful Pachyderm
Studio Master: CDA67453Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA67453 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-45316
Duration
3'11
Recording date
4 July 2003
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Will Brown & Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. The Playful Pachyderm (CDA67453)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: November 2004
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