Monday 29 April 2019 3:00PM

Wigmore Study Group: Ravel

Crossing the divide: Ravel's music for voice and chamber ensemble


Ravel pushed boundaries in his song writing, blurring the lines between natural spoken and sung French in ways that scandalised his contemporaries. In 1913, Stravinsky introduced him to Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and his own Three Japanese Lyrics. Ravel was inspired to bring an instrumental quality to his vocal writing and this led to his Chansons madécasses. Explore Ravel's superlative mastery of instrumentation alongside his unique imaginative approach to setting the French language, in these sessions presented by composer Julian Philips, with pianist Laura Roberts, visiting speaker Deborah Mawer and student performers from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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