Matt Van  Brink, composer, pianist, accordionist

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Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ravel) (2006)

violin and piano
or violin, cello, and piano | 18 mins.

Arrangements of Ravel's orchestra version of Le Tombeau de Couperin
Published by Schott Music



First performed by Stella Trio
Weill Recital Hall, New York, 5 November 2006


PROGRAM NOTE
Maurice Ravel's 1917 solo piano composition Le Tombeau de Couperin is a tightly-woven tapestry, threading together contemporary harmonies and baroque forms. Written as epigrams for fallen friends, the pieces in the suite achingly look to the past while brimming with modernity. Later, Ravel arranged four movements of the suite for orchestra, teasing out accompaniment, and color from the original piano version. In this new arrangement for violin, cello & piano, I have assembled those elements yet again. Like hearing a poem in translation, the voice is new but the meaning and structure remain the same. And so in experiencing the arrangement, we have a chance to get to know the piece even better.




ERRATA in published editions

Version for VIOLIN & PIANO

III. Menuet
(violin)
m122 no harmonics (piano score)
m8 add backwards repeat at end of measure

IV. Rigadoun (for piano score)
m1 beat 2 RH top note G, not A
m9 beat 1 RH Bb
m10 beat 1 RH Ab
m14 beat 1 RH Ab
m17 beat 1 RH Db, beat 2 RH D natural
m93 beat 2 RH top note G, not A
m102 beat 1 RH Ab
m106 beat 1 RH Ab
m109 beat 1 RH Db, beat 2 RH D natural

Version for PIANO TRIO

I. Prelude (cello)
m59-62 ossia 8vb

II. Forlane (for piano score)
m21 beat 1 RH Bb (beat 1 LH B natural)
m24 beat 1 RH F natural
m98 beat 2 RH B#
m99 beat 1 RH A#, G naural

IV. Rigadoun (for piano score)
m1 beat 2 RH top note G, not A
m93 beat 2 RH top note G, not A

III. Menuet (violin)
m122 no harmonics

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