Ravel piano Concerto in G Major: 1st movement

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What theme is heard in bar 2 and what plays it?
S1a, Piccolo
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How does theme S1a begin?
Pentatonically
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What influences are noted at the beginning of the 1st movement?
Basque and Spanish, as well as Stravinsky and Gershwin
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What does 'Colla Bacchetta' mean?
With stick
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Common intervals in the continuous quavers at opening of 1st movement?
Mostly perfect 4ths and 5ths
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Describe the texture of the 1st movement.
Additional accents propel music forward and powerful upward thrust allied with parallel harmonies and syncopated movements in brass lead to expect more than the anti climax that is brought
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What does the opening theme (S1a) suggest?
Basque folk melody
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How is a 'rocking' feel created in the piano?
The time signature is 3/4, but the left hand is effectively 6/8
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Describe the mood of the 1st movement.
Apart from two quiet interludes, this movement is lively, vivacious and jazzy, with a very American. it may reflect the business and bustle that Ravel encountered on his travels in 1928!
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What is the structure of 1st movement?
Sonata form
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How does the Recapitulation in the 1st movement begin?
With a string reminder of the opening, but the section is shorter and the second subject is recapitulated with the opening cadenza
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What chord is at Fig. 2?
Tonic chord of G major
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Comment on the harmony in the 1st movement.
Mainly diatonic- but there is also evidence of bitonality, modality, higher discords, false relations, chords with raised and lowered 3rds, 'jazzy' chords and 'blue' notes.
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Describe the writing for piano in the 1st movement.
Not virtuosic, this almost makes it unique as it has a feeling of extreme simplicity but is still a challenge for the performer. Almost a piano solo as it depends so little on the orchestral support.
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What do the strings have at Fig. 2?
Sustained chords
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What section begins at Fig. 4?
The Bridge
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What note are the two bars before Fig. 4, 1st movement, based around and why?
F# and because that is the key of the next section (Bridge)
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What section begins at Fig. 7?
Second subject
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What is the overall tonality of 2nd subject?
E major
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What starts at Fig.18?
The Recapitulation
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What theme is heard in the piano at Fig.18?
S1a (previously played by piccolo at start of movement)
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How does theme S1a begin?

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Pentatonically

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What influences are noted at the beginning of the 1st movement?

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Card 4

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What does 'Colla Bacchetta' mean?

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Card 5

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Common intervals in the continuous quavers at opening of 1st movement?

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