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Prélude
composer
1913; composed at the request of Fauré as the ladies' sight-reading test at the Paris Conservatoire; dedicated to Jeanne Leleu, the winner of the competition

Recordings
'Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2' (CKD315)
Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2
CKD315  Download only  
'Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDA67341/2)
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music
Buy by post £20.00 CDA67341/2  2CDs  
'Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDA67731/2)
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music
Buy by post £20.00 CDA67731/2  2CDs  
Details
Track 7 on CDA67341/2 CD2 [1'25] 2CDs
Track 11 on CDA67731/2 CD2 [1'13] 2CDs
Track 1 on CKD315 [1'32] Download only

Prélude
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Ravel’s career as a student at the Paris Conservatoire was a chequered one, culminating in his notorious failure to win the Prix de Rome in 1905. But his teacher Gabriel Fauré, who became the Conservatoire’s director that year, to some extent made up for this in the years following by inviting him to provide test pieces and sit on various juries. His Prélude, for the ladies’ sight-reading test in 1913, takes a six-note motif from the third of his Mallarmé songs and presents it in modal attire. The winner of the whole competition was Jeanne Leleu who, as one of the pianists who had premiered Ma mère l’oye three years earlier, might be thought to have had an unfair advantage. Ravel was impressed by her performance of this Prélude too, and dedicated it to her.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2011

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