2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Toccata from Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin
Daniel J. Kubus♦
Dr. Janice Saffir, Faculty Mentor

Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin is a work for solo piano in six movements. Ravel stated that the piece is not solely a tribute to the French Baroque composer Fran├žois Couperin, but to eighteenth-century French music in general. However, each movement is also a tribute to a specific individual who died in World War I. The toccata, the sixth movement of the piece, is dedicated to Cpt. Joseph de Marliave, who was also a musicologist. The toccata is technically difficult with a clear melody. The chief objective is to deftly execute the repeated notes in alternating hands while phrasing the proper melody line. The difficulties in the toccata are on the same level of virtuosity as Jeux d'Eau.

Keywords: Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin, Joseph de Marliave, World War I, sixth movement, toccata, tribute

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 3-2
Location: OP 1393, Performance Hall
Time: 8:30

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