Sonatine

Sonatine

Sonatine

Maurice Ravel

Jacques Rouvier's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy English Music sheet annotated by  Jacques  Rouvier  is available 39 min Piano

Jacques Rouvier and Wakana Taniguchi work on dynamic contrast, finding balance between melody and harmony, and many more elements in this piano masterclass.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy

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About this masterclass

In this masterclass, Jacques Rouvier helps student Wakana Taniguchi exaggerate the details in Ravel’s charming Sonatine. The balance between melody and harmony is very important in this piece; Rouvier points out places where one or the other must be brought out more and offers advice for fingerings and pedal use to accomplish this. 

Likewise, this allows the student to find the sound that best fits the music. Additionally, he encourages strict adherence to the written dynamics. In order to create the appropriate amount of contrast, there must be several levels of dynamics between pianissimo and forte. He also demonstrates where the tempo must be firmly maintained and where there is room to take expressive time.

What we learn in this piano masterclass

  1. Bringing out dynamic contrast.

  2. Managing tempo and pacing.

  3. Balancing the melody and the harmony. 

  4. Appropriate pedaling.

  5. Finding the right character and emotion in the music.

Sonatine by Maurice Ravel

Ravel began composing the first movement of his Sonatine for piano for a competition held in 1903 by The Weekly Review magazine, which required a first movement consisting of under seventy-five measures. Though the publisher ultimately canceled the contest, Ravel completed the final two movements in 1905. This captivating work blends impressionistic harmonies with Ravel's fondness for the Classical style. Written in sonata form, the first movement, Modéré, introduces the cyclical interval of a descending fourth or ascending fifth that ties the entire work together. The second movement, Mouvement de menuet, interestingly omits the expected trio. Held back in tempo and strategically accented, this middle section embraces both simplicity and intensity. The third movement, Animé, is a sparkling toccata. So technically challenging that Ravel would often omit it from his own performances, the energetic finale allows the performer to showcase impressive virtuosity. Ravel took great care in writing musical directions in this score, and thus the piece is rich with detail.

  • Date:12 February 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:39 min
  • Spoken language:English

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this piano masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Jacques Rouvier’s feedback and comments.

Sheet music sonatine

Jacques Rouvier

Jacques  Rouvier

He won two Premiers Prix (first prizes): in piano performance (1965) In chamber music (1967).

Jacques Rouvier was born in Marseilles into a family of musicians. He attended the CNSMD in Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse), where he was taught by Vlado Perlemuter, Pierre Sancan, and Jean Hubeau. He won first prizes in both piano and chamber music. Rouvier then decided to broaden his knowledge about wind section and leading orchestra at the CNSMD too. He owes much to Pierre Barbizet and Jean Fassina. Rouvier won several competitions such as the “Giovan Battista Viotti” International Music Competition, Maria Canal International Music Competition, the European Broadcasting Union Competition, the Long-Thibaud Competition, and the Competition of the Fondation de la Vocation. In 1970, he founded the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller trio, with whom he still performs regularly.

Since 1979, he has taught at the CNSMD in Paris and at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Ravel

Maurice  Ravel

French composer Maurice Ravel was born in the French southwestern town of Ciboure in 1875. His parents moved to Paris shortly after his birth, and by age seven, Ravel began piano lessons. Five years later, at age twelve, he started composing. He was then admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris as a piano student, but was a very average student; he preferred composition. After graduating from the Conservatoire, he pursued his love for composition and was re-admitted to the prestigious musical institute, studying composition under Fauré.  

In the 1900s, he adapted many of his piano compositions into orchestral works before WWI broke out in Europe. Ravel wanted to join, but was too old, and his health was not optimal. He nonetheless succeeded in being enlisted in 1915 as a lorry driver. The war changed him, like many soldiers who struggled to return to “normal” life. The 1920s were prolific for Ravel, as he composed many of his most famous pieces during that time. By the 1930s, he turned his attention to piano concertos. 

Unfortunately, Ravel was in a traumatic taxi accident in 1932, which was not treated seriously, but seems to have precipitated an underlying cerebral condition. As his mental health deteriorated and the pain grew, he struggled to work and meet deadlines. In 1937, he had surgery to try and relieve some symptoms, but it only had temporary results, as he slipped into a coma soon after and died that same year at age 62.  

Ravel's works list eighty-five works, including many incomplete or abandoned pieces. Among his most successful oeuvres are Boléro, Daphnis et Chloé, Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, La Valse, Rhapsodie Espagnole, Gaspard de la nuit, Piano Concerto in G Major and Miroirs. He never married or had children and remained very private about his personal life, sparkling many rumors still unverified to this day. He is considered one of the most influential music figures of the 20th century, along with Debussy and Stravinsky.  

 

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