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Ravel – L’enfant et les sortilèges

Video-masterclass with: Julian Sperry – Principal Flute of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera

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Work:

  • L’enfant et les sortilèges

 

First Performances: 

  • 1925

 

Background: 

L’enfant et les sortilèges: Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties (The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts) is an opera in one act, with music by Maurice Ravel to a libretto by Colette. It is Ravel’s second opera, his first being L’heure espagnole. Written from 1917 to 1925, L’enfant et les sortilèges was first performed in Monte Carlo in 1925 conducted by Victor de Sabata.

After being offered the opportunity to write a musical work, Colette wrote the text in eight days. Several composers had proposed to Colette that she write to music, but she was only excited by the prospect of Ravel.

 

Video lesson by:

Julian Sperry

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