Menuet sur le nom d’HAYDN for flute nonet

$15.00

A miniature masterpiece which displays all the harmonic and inventive genius of the composer, pre-dating by some 50 years cool pianistic jazz from the likes of Bill Evans.

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Haydn’s death in 1909, a commission by the Revue musicale mensuelle de la Société Internationale de Musique was offered to six illustrious composers: Ravel, Debussy, d’Indy, Dukas, Hahn and Widor.

They were required to write a piano piece using Haydn’s musically coded name as the subject:

H = B (in German notation)
A = A
Y* = D (*via the alphabet in repeating groups of seven)
D = D
N* = G

Ravel creatively reinvents the motif with inversion, transposition and in retrograde; using stunning modulations and fruity chord progressions, this is a wonderful example of how Ravel may have improvised — bars 26 & 32 are particularly touching.

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Title:
Menuet sur le nom d’HAYDN
Composer:
Maurice Ravel
Arranger:
Per Magnus Bystrom
Tempo/Style:
Adagio
Length:
5 minutes to 6 minutes
Parts:
9 parts
Difficulty:
Moderate
Instruments:
4 C flutes
2 Alto flute
2 Bass flute
1 Contrabass flute

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