Piece in the form of a Habanera
Through much of his early career Maurice Ravel was drawn to Spanish musical styles. Like many French composers of the time, Ravel tried his hand at writing the habanera, a Cuban dance form that was the rage in late 19th century Spain. All habaneras, including the famous aria from Bizet's 1874 opera Carmen, are characterized by the two-beat rhythmic pattern that we hear played by the piano in the opening measure of Ravel's Pièce en Forme de Habanera. The Pièce was originally written in 1907 as a Vocalise-étude for low voice and piano, on a commission from a professor at the Paris Conservatory, for use by his voice students. Ravel later transcribed it for cello and piano.
423.11 - Trumpet in E flat (alternate B flat part provided), Trumpet in B flat, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Grade 3 - College or University ensemble
Full score and parts in PDF available for download.