Menuet antique (Ravel, Maurice)
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Orchestra (Ravel)
Paris: Enoch & Cie., 1930. Plate E. & C. 8817.
2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English horn, 2 Clarinets,
Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon
4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Tuba
Timpani, Harp, Strings.
For String Quartet (Jones)
|Work Title||Menuet antique|
|Movements/Sections||Maestoso (F♯ minor)|
|Year/Date of Composition||1895|
|First Performance||1898-04-18 in Paris, Salle Érard
|Piece Style||Early 20th century|
Menuet antique is a piece for solo piano composed by Maurice Ravel. The original piano version was written in 1895 and orchestrated by the composer in 1929. Ravel wrote the piece to pay tribute to Emmanuel Chabrier, who had kindly welcomed his early works and helped to establish his musical reputation. The piano version was first performed on April 18, 1898 by Ricardo Viñes, a long-time friend to whom the composer dedicated the composition. Viñes also gave the premieres of many of Ravel's other works. The orchestral version was first heard in public on January 11, 1930. The menuet form reappears in some of Ravel's later compositions, such as the central movement of the Sonatine and the fifth movement of Le Tombeau de Couperin.
- Composed for solo piano in 1895
- Orchestrated by Ravel in 1929. This version was first performed on 11 January 1930, with the composer conducting.