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Conducting Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Conducting Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

The Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a dead princess) is one of Ravel’s most popular pieces and one that sooner or later comes to the attention of any conductor: it’s relatively simple, with a very linear structure, and it’s scored for a chamber orchestra. The real challenge is hidden in the orchestration and all the nuances that need to emerge by reading through the lines.

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