2017 October 22: Ravel & Music Lessons
Sonatine Mv. 2: ‘Mouvement de Minuet’ Ravel (1875-1937)
"Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise"
A few weeks ago I played the first movement to Ravel’s Sonatine. This week is the second movement, a curious but charming ’minuet’ — an old dance form in three beats to the bar.
The story is told that George Gershwin asked Ravel to give him lessons. Ravel replied, "How much do you earn a year from your compositions?" "Around $1,000,000," replied Gershwin. "In that case," said Ravel, "You should give *me* lessons!"