Violin Sonata No. 2 (Ravel)

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Violin Sonata
No. 2
by Maurice Ravel
Maurice Ravel 1925.jpg
The composer, c. 1925
KeyG major
Composed1923 (1923)–1927

Maurice Ravel composed his Violin Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano from 1923 to 1927. He was inspired by American music, namely jazz and blues.[1]

When the composer was living in Montfort-l'Amaury, France, he accompanied Helen Jourdan-Morhange [fr], and they shared a love for jazz. The classic blues band of W.C. Handy exhibited the style of St. Louis blues in Paris from 1923 to 1927. Ravel was inspired by the style of music and dance,[2] and jazz elements can also be found in the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and other works.


The violin sonata consists of three movements:

  • Allegretto
  • Blues. Moderato (A-flat major)
  • Perpetuum mobile. Allegro



  1. ^ Barbara 2001, p. 868
  2. ^ Stuckenschmidt 1968, p. 192


  • Baer, Susan Irene (1992). The Virtuoso Violin Works of Maurice Ravel: An Analysis of Structural, Technical and Interpretive Features (PDF) (Phd). Texas Tech University.
  • Barbara, Kelly L. (2001). Maurice Ravel: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 20 (2 ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishers.
  • Stuckenschmidt, H.H. (1968). Maurice Ravel: Variation on His Life and Work. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Company.

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