Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn (Ravel)

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Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn is a minuet for solo piano written by Maurice Ravel in 1909 to mark the centenary of Joseph Haydn's death.[1]


The piece is only 54 bars long and lasts for about a minute and a half. The theme is based on Haydn's own name as a five-note motif. The letter H represents B natural, A and D representing their respective pitches, Y as D natural and N as G natural. In the score, the use of this motif is marked using their letters including several inverted and retrograde versions.[2]


  1. ^ Selected Piano exam pieces. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. 2009–2010. pp. 24–25. 
  2. ^ "Allmusic Guide to Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 

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