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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 CKD290 track 5
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ISRC
GB-ASH-07-29005
Duration
3'28
Recording date
29 September 2006
Recording venue
Teatro São Luíz, Lisbon, Portugal
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1 (CKD290)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: February 2007
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