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Sérénade grotesque
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Ravel's earliest piano composition to survive is entitled Sérénade on the manuscript, from which one might assume that it was an easy-going piece suitable for performance by young ladies in the salons. However, in 1928 he expanded the title to Sérénade grotesque, which fits the music much better, full as it is of surprises, both rhythmic and harmonic, with a plethora of dry arpeggiated chords marked pizzicatissimo. The composer in retrospect felt it was too much influenced by Chabrier (quite possibly by his Bourrée fantasque) and it was not published until after his death.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2011

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Details for CDA67341/2 disc 2 track 1
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ISRC
GB-AJY-01-34201
Duration
3'53
Recording date
14 August 2001
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
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  1. Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDA67341/2)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: April 2002
    2CDs
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