L'heure espagnole (Ravel, Maurice)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Cie., 1911. Plates D. & F. 7314, 10,605 (later issue; miniature?)
Reprinted Mineola: Dover Publications, 1996. (#10758)
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Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Fils, 1908. Plate D. & F. 7073
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Language French / English
Translator Katharine Wolff, English text
Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Cie., 1908, 1932. Plate D. & F. 7073
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See Fantasy on Themes from 'L'heure espagnole' (Roques, Léon)

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Arranger Hubert Mouton (1872–1954)
Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Fils, 1912. Plate D. & F. 8207.
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General Information

Work Title L'heure espagnole (The Spanish Hour)
Alternative. Title Comédie musical en un acte
Composer Ravel, Maurice
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. M.52
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act, 21 scenes
  • Introduction
  • Scène I ("Señor Torquemada, horloger de Tolède?")
  • Scène II ("Totor!")
  • Scène III ("II reste, voilà bien ma change!")
  • Scène IV ("II état temps, voici Gonzalve!")
  • Scène V ("C'est fait, l'horloge est à sa place")
  • Scène VI ("Maintenant pas de temps à perdre!")
  • Scène VII ("Salut à belle horlogère!")
  • Scène VIII ("Voilà!..Et maintenant à l'autre!")
  • Scène IX ("Évidemment, elle me congédie")
  • Scène X ("Voilà ce que j'aooelle une femme charmante")
  • Scène XI ("Monsieur, ah! Monsieur!")
  • Scène XII ("Enfin, il part!")
  • Scène XIII ("Voilà l'objet!")
  • Scène XIV ("Ah! vous, n'est-ce pas, preste!")
  • Scène XV ("En dépit de cette inhumaine")
  • Scène XVI ("Voilà ce que j'appelle une femme charmante!")
  • Scène XVII ("Oh! la pitoyable aventure!")
  • Scène XVIII ("Voilà!... Et maintenant, Señora")
  • Scène XIX ("Mon cell anxieux interroge")
  • Scène XX ("ll n'est, pour l'horloger")
  • Scène XXI ("Pardieu, déménageur, vouz venez à propos")
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1907
First Performance. 1911-05-19 in Paris, Opéra comique
First Publication. 1908 (vocal score), 1911 (full score)
Copyright Information Under copyright in France until 2023 due to that country's special extension for composers affected by the two world wars. Ravel's music and the original French text are public domain in the USA, though Katharine Wolff's English translation (published in 1932) is most likely still under copyright..
Librettist Franc-Nohain, pseud. Maurice Étienne Legrand (1873–1934)
Language French
Dedication Madame Jean Cruppi
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation 5 Voices and Orchestra
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn, 2 Clarinets (A),
Bass Clarinet (B), 2 Bassoons, Sarrusophone
4 Horns (F), 2 Trumpets (C), 3 Trombones, Tuba
Timpani, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Spring (Ressort), Tambourine, Tam-Tam
Triangle, Castanets, Ratchet (Crécelle), Whip (Fouet), Sleigh Bells (Grelots), Tubular Bells
Glockenspiel, 3 Clock Pendulums, Xylophone, Celesta, 2 Harps, Strings
Related Works Pieces based on L'heure espagnole
External Links Wikipedia article
Maurice-Ravel.net


Misc. Comments

Cast

  • Torquemada, a clockmaker — tenor
  • Concepción, Torquemada's wife — mezzo-soprano
  • Gonzalve, a student poet — tenor
  • Ramiro, a muleteer — baritone
  • Don Iñigo Gomez, a banker — bass

Version History

  • Composed by Ravel in 1907
  • The vocal score (for solo voices and piano) waso arranged by Ravel in 1907.