A la maniere de… for flute quintet
Ravel’s friend and composer, Alfredo Casella, had published a group of six piano pastiches in 1911 and was planning a second volume to which he invited Ravel to contribute. The two subjects, Emmanuel Chabrier and Aleksandr Borodin, chosen by Ravel were among his favorite composers. The Chabrier pastiche is actually a paraphrase of Gounod’s “Flower Song” from Faust. It exhibits both nostalgia and optimism along with a few moments of humor. The Borodin pastiche is a waltz that makes characteristic use of chromatic harmonies over an ostinato, echoing the Serenade from his Petite Suite and the Scherzo from his Second String quartet.