Menuet antique

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Menuet antique is a piece for solo piano composed by Maurice Ravel. The original piano version was written in 1895 and orchestrated by the composer in 1929.[1][2] Ravel wrote the piece to pay tribute to Emmanuel Chabrier, who had welcomed his early works and helped to establish his musical reputation.

The piano version was first performed on April 18, 1898 by Ricardo Viñes,[2] a long-time friend to whom the composer dedicated the composition. Viñes also gave the premieres of many of Ravel's other works. The orchestral version was first heard in public on January 11, 1930.

The menuet form reappears in some of Ravel's later compositions, such as the central movement of the Sonatine and the fifth movement of Le tombeau de Couperin.

The orchestral version is scored for an orchestra consisting of 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, harp, and strings


  1. ^ M Randel, Don (1996). The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Harvard University Press. p. 728. ISBN 0674372999.
  2. ^ a b James, Burnett (1983). Ravel, his life and times. Midas Books. p. 20. ISBN 0882546651.

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