Sheet Music: Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera

TitleVocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera
Alternate titlesPièce en forme de habanera
ComposerMaurice Ravel (1875–1937)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyF minor
Time signature2/4
Tempo52 BPM
Performance time2:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-04-15
Last updated2010-04-15
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Thursday 15 April 2010

Tune of the Day: Piece en forme de Habanera

by Maurice Ravel, arranged for Flute and Piano

The “Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera” was originally written for low voice and piano in March 1907, and was commissioned by A.-L. Hettich as one of a series of studies by contemporary composers for use in his voice classes at the Paris Conservatoire. It was subsequently arranged in various instrumental versions, under the title “Pièce en forme de habanera”.

As you can see, Ravel was particularly fond of the characteristically Spanish habanera rhythm, which occurs not only in this piece, but also in his famous Rapsodie espagnole