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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

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  • Avatar for StuartHaden1
    painting by Sisley in the same era
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    unravel this if you can
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    wow! it took me a while to like it...I love it
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    Jennifer Frautschi plays the violin on Tzigane.
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    wow maurice. I won't tell you how to compose, but JESUS grant me immortality so I can get through the danged violin bit. Unbelievable. I had 3 birthdays in that time.
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    I play this composition when I want to piss people around me. Somehow it works this way.
  • Avatar for fancykatya
    I'm thinking Ravel had a thing for minimalism :~) If you know how to use the string section, instrumentation well though I can handle it~
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    Anybody can tell me who is the vionlin player in this clip ? Thanks.

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