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Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
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In the summer of 1909 the journalist Jules Ecorcheville asked a number of leading French composers each to write a short piano piece in honour of Haydn, who died on 31 May 1809. The form was left up to them, but they were asked to make use of a five-note motto theme (B–A–D–D–G) representing the name Haydn. This was just the sort of game Ravel enjoyed playing and on 12 September 1909 he wrote to Ecorcheville, ‘Le menuet est confectionné’—the term used by tailors cutting a suit. The motto theme duly appears as above, then backwards and upside down, before two final recto appearances in the treble and, in the concluding bars, in the bass.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2011

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Details for CKD315 track 2
Artists
ISRC
GB-ASH-08-31502
Duration
2'03
Recording date
15 April 2008
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2 (CKD315)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 2008
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