Playing Fast

Sonatine Mv. 3 “Animé” M. Ravel (1875-1937) I am asked from time to time how I manage to play fast pieces. The ‘secret’ comes straight from the Master: “whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Matt 23:12). The ‘secret’ to playing fast is to practice slowly. When Rachmaninoff (one of the great pianists of the 20th…

Ravel’s Reject

Sonatine Mv.1 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Back in January I played the first movement of Ravel's Sonatine. The other two movements are quite beautiful also, so for 'summer fun' I thought I might play all three movements spread out over the next three Sundays. If you'll recall, Ravel wrote the first movement of the Sonatine in…