duo

by pieces of moments

One of the most arresting pieces I’ve come across – which has somehow escaped me previously – is Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello (“Duo”) from 1922. It seems familiar yet completely foreign. Modern. Delicate yet edgy. Watching evening light fade from bright amber to deep turquoise whilst wearing your Dr. Martens. Ravel said of it, “The music is stripped to the bone…Harmonic charm is renounced, and there is an increasing return of emphasis on melody.”

 

Here’s a little peek via the second movement (there are four total). Be sure to listen to the entire work sometime.

 

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