May. 3rd, 2015

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I think today is going to be too busy for a proper post, but I have a backup plan: music post!



Une barque sur l'océan (A boat on the ocean) is the middle movement in Maurice Ravel's solo piano suite Miroirs (Mirrors). This is the version orchestrated by the composer in 1906, which I had never been as fond of as the piano original, but this recording by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit is breathtaking.

Composer and orchestra masterfully evoke the swell and crash of ocean waves, the spray of salt water, and the deep natural chaos below the surface on which the little boat rides. It makes a fascinating comparison to Ravel's piano piece Jeux d'eau (Water games) from several years earlier, which also focuses on the movement of water, but evokes rivers and streams rather than the sea.

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