Pavane pour une Infante Défunte
Maurice Ravel


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French orchestral legend Maurice Ravel has managed to climb up 10 places this year, as his Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte makes its 20th appearance in the Hall of Fame

The original piano version of the Pavane pour une infante defunte was composed in 1899 and dedicated to the Princess Edmond de Polignac, a French-American musical patron. The orchestral arrangement wasn't premiered for another eleven years.

While it's literally true that the French should be translated as 'Pavane for a dead Princess', Ravel was at pains to point out that it 'is not a funeral lament for a dead child, but rather an evocation of the pavane that might have been danced by such a little princess as painted by Velàzquez'.

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