Ravel’s Sonatine

Sonatine, Mvt. 1 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) “Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah” Improvisation In 1903 Ravel wrote the first movement of the Sonatine for a competition sponsored by the Weekly Critical Review magazine after being encouraged by a close friend who was a contributor to that publication. The competition requirement was the composition of the…

The Sunken Cathedral

La Cathédrale Engloutie (“The Sunken Cathedral”) C. Debussy (1862–1918) By the Babylonian Rivers Extemporisation The people of the Brittany section of France have a legend that a cathedral sank to the bottom of the ocean when the ancient city of Ys was engulfed by the sea as punishment for her evil and foolish ways (a…