270 Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte
Ravel

Down 18. 2nd of Ravel's 3 entries this year.

The original piano version of the Pavane pour une infante défunte was composed in 1899 and dedicated to the Princess Edmond de Polignac, a French-American musical patron. The orchestral arrangement wasn’t premiered for another eleven years. While it's literally true that the French should be translated as 'Pavane for a dead Princess', Ravel was at pains to point out that it 'is not a funeral lament for a dead child, but rather an evocation of the pavane that might have been danced by such a little princess as painted by Velázquez'.

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