View Poll Results: Your Favorite Ravel Orchestral Work

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  • Daphnis et Chloe

    6 40.00%
  • Piano Concerto in G major

    2 13.33%
  • Pavane pour une infante défunte

    2 13.33%
  • Ma Mère l'Oie

    1 6.67%
  • La Valse

    0 0%
  • Sheherazade

    0 0%
  • Le Tombeau de Couperin

    0 0%
  • Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

    3 20.00%
  • Rapsodie espagnole

    0 0%
  • Valses nobles et sentimentales

    1 6.67%
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    Default Your Favorite Ravel Orchestral Work

    Choose your favorite Ravel orchestral work.

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    Sorry guys I entered La Valse twice. Substitute one of the La Valse entries with "Piano Concerto for the left-hand."

    Too bad you can't edit polls.

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    Well my choice was obvious as soon as I saw "Daphis et Chloe"...
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Its Pavane pour une infante défunte for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by C71 View Post
    Its Pavane pour une infante défunte for me
    Beautiful piece of music, no question about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    Beautiful piece of music, no question about it.
    I certainly agree that the Pavane is beautiful... but then again, it is Ravel. So beauty can almost be taken for granted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    I certainly agree that the Pavane is beautiful... but then again, it is Ravel. So beauty can almost be taken for granted.
    So true.

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    I chose Daphnis et Chloe, but I also like Pavane pour une infante défunte & Rapsodie espagnole.

    I think that the first two are some of the most emtional pieces in the entire classical repertoire. This is a bit strange, as Ravel was reputed to be more of a musical perfectionist, than an emotionalist.

    I recall that, on the day Princess Diana died they played the Pavane on the radio here in Sydney. It was so poignant & apt. Seemed to express perfectly in music what people felt about her passing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    I chose Daphnis et Chloe, but I also like Pavane pour une infante défunte & Rapsodie espagnole.

    I think that the first two are some of the most emtional pieces in the entire classical repertoire. This is a bit strange, as Ravel was reputed to be more of a musical perfectionist, than an emotionalist.

    I recall that, on the day Princess Diana died they played the Pavane on the radio here in Sydney. It was so poignant & apt.
    Ravel's pieces are very emotional, even though, as you say, he was noted for his perfectionism and his orchestration. "Pavane" is one of those pieces that I think brings Ravel many fans, but compositions like "Daphnis et Chloe" and the "Piano Concerto in G major" are what keep us interested.

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    Ravel's music, I think, is emotional because we are showered in this veritable deluge of glorious, gorgeous sound. There isn't much choice but to be completely enveloped in it, you know? And so the slightest changes and whatnot send shockwaves through one's emotional state, because at that point one is enough a part of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    Ravel's music, I think, is emotional because we are showered in this veritable deluge of glorious, gorgeous sound. There isn't much choice but to be completely enveloped in it, you know? And so the slightest changes and whatnot send shockwaves through one's emotional state, because at that point one is enough a part of it.
    I certainly couldn't agree more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    Sorry guys I entered La Valse twice. Substitute one of the La Valse entries with "Piano Concerto for the left-hand."

    Too bad you can't edit polls.
    But I can ... and did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    But I can ... and did.
    Ah...thanks Krummhorn! Much obliged.

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    Wow. For me to answer this is almost like trying to settle on my favorite Wagner opera. Before I vote, though, let me put in a word for Alborada del Gracioso, a "childhood friend" of mine among repertory works, and a piece I still enjoy today.

    I have a sentimental attachment to the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major- readers with long memories might recall that I'm left-handed... (and, interestingly enough, there's evidently some scholarship behind the supposition that Ravel was left-handed, as well). I of course know the story behind the commission for Wittgenstein.

    I agree with World and others, who've concluded that the Daphnis et Chloe suites are the "obvious" choice, but, if limited to the choices above, I'll show some contrarian spirit and select the Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, just because I'd like to call attention to 'em... and they deserve wider reknown than they currently have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    I agree with World and others, who've concluded that the Daphnis et Chloe suites are the "obvious" choice, but, if limited to the choices above, I'll show some contrarian spirit and select the Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, just because I'd like to call attention to 'em... and they deserve wider reknown than they currently have.
    I wasn't referring to the Daphnis and Chloe suites, I was thinking about the whole ballet. Maybe I should have clarified that.

    The Valses Nobles et Sentimentales are certainly very good pieces. I haven't listened to them so much, but maybe I will later today.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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