Tzigane is a rhapsodic composition by the French composer Maurice Ravel. It was commissioned by and dedicated to Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Arányi, great-niece of the influential violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim. The original instrumentation was for violin with accompaniment by luthéal. The first performance took place in London on April 26, 1924 with the dedicatee on violin and with Henri Gil-Marchex at the luthéal.
The luthéal was, in Ravel's day, a comparatively new piano-like instrument that had several tone-colour (not exclusively… read more