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Ravel—Valses nobles et sentimentales

Lecture no. 19 from the course: The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

Ravel—Valses nobles et sentimentales

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 50 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

Explore the evolution of the waltz as a popular dance and musical form, and how the Viennese waltz, paradoxically, became a metaphor for both civility and tragedy. Learn about Ravel’s creative process and character and the likely personal meaning behind this suite. Experience the rich harmonic textures and huge expressive range of these eight pieces, from passionate exuberance to dreamlike wistfulness, as Ravel evokes the waltz as a memory of a vanished world.

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