Ravel – Piano Concerto in g major

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WJEC A Level Music

  • Historical and Analytical Study

RAVEL – Piano Concerto in G major

  • Question One
  • Candidates are required to listen to excerpts from the set work. They are required to respond fully to the questions, applying the knowledge gained through detailed study of the set work.
  • Question Two
  • Candidates are required to write an essay which will focus on the development of the form and on a recognition of the influences which maintain continuity and cause change, placing the set work within a broader musical perspective.

Essential Materials:

  • The score
  • The edition used for this analysis was published by EDITIONS DURAND [DR1215000].
  • This will be available online and from all good music shops.
  • The recording
  • There are various recording of this piece available. The important thing is that you have your own copy!

Preparation for analysis

Putting the work in context.

  • Background Information
  • Carefully file your research, and any information on the work and the composer you may have collected. You should also read and save the general background notes available in this project.
  • Completing worksheets
  • There are worksheets available to download to assist with your understanding of this information.

The Analysis

  • Follow the score in class while listening.
  • Identify the structure and mark in the sections in the score.
  • Work through the analysis, annotating the score in as much detail as possible.
  • Use post-it notes to add extra information in your score if necessary!
  • Complete the worksheets after each movement has been completed.
  • Discuss the answers in class.
  • MOVEMENT I : Allegremente
  • MOVEMENT II : Adagio Assai
  • MOVEMENT III: Presto
  • The teacher will guide all students through the process of analysis.
  • Follow the suggested procedure for each movement in turn.
  • The provided notes may be used as a guideline – additional information and details may be added as required for clarification.

Reading the score – a note!

  • Students should be made aware of all the transposing instruments used in
  • this orchestra, as reading the score and realising keys and harmonies can
  • be tricky. It is a good idea to write the following hints in the front of the score, on
  • the orchestral list in order to assist understanding.
  • COR ANGLAIS: sounds a 5th lower than written.
  • CLARINET in Mi
  • CLARINET in E: sounds a minor 3rd higher than written.
  • CLARINET in Si
  • CLARINET in B: sounds a tone lower than written.
  • HORNS IN F: sounds a 4th higher (or a 5th lower) than written.
  • TRUMPET IN D: sounds a tone higher than written.
  • Identify the main features of Ravel’s musical style!
  • Identify the main features of Ravel’s musical style!
  • Identify the main features of Ravel’s musical style!

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