Pavane pour une infante défunte

PLAY       Ravel_pavane_infante Pavane for a dead princess, by Maurice Ravel

Pavane for a Dead Princess - Single - Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra

Ravel intended this piece to be played extremely slowly – more slowly than almost any modern interpretation, according to his biographer Benjamin Ivry. The critic Emile Vuillermoz complained that Ravel’s playing of the work was “unutterably slow.” However, the composer was not impressed by interpretations that plodded. After a performance by Charles Oulmont, Ravel mentioned to him that the piece was called “Pavane for a dead princess”, not “dead Pavane for a princess” – from Wikipedia

2 replies
  1. Arthur
    Arthur says:

    This is excellent! It is a perfect piece to highlight the Sample Modeling French Horn!
    I love the fact that you have sequenced the whole piece, not just a part of it. I came back to listen to this after seeing the Dark Knight Rises. 😀
    The clarinet sounds wonderful at some points (seems to have the expression modulation like the SM instruments). Are all the woodwinds part of the Vienna Library? If not could you please list them?

    Keep up the good work! Very inspiring!

    • Paul Smith
      Paul Smith says:

      Hi Arthur, Thanks for listening and for your comments. I only just saw The Dark Knight Rises last week, so I wasn’t sure what Ravel had to do with it before.

      The winds are all Vienna Instruments, full, extended libraries. I’d love to try a new recording of this with Berlin Woodwinds and Loegria muted strings from Spitfire. Maybe someday!


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