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Le Tombeau de Ravel for Solo Guitar
In the late seventies I was hitch-hiking and busking my way around Northern France, eventually reaching Paris.A top priority was to visit the grave of Maurice Ravel at Lavallois-Perret cemetery.Finding the grave I spent an agreeable half an hour there with my guitar, musing.On leaving the cemetery I was pleasantly surprised to discover, just outside the walls, a small garden devoted to the composer named Square Maurice Ravel.Sitting in the garden, watching a mother and two children in the play area, I began to pick out a melodic sequence on the guitar infused with the spirit of Ravel, especially his Le Tombeau de Couperin.
Ideas flowed freely, and very quickly I had improvised a short piece which I eventually and aptly gave the title Le Tombeau de Ravel.I added two more short complementary pieces to the first to make a suite
Two of the three movements werepublished in Guitar International Magazine on November 1988, which, recognising its French ambience, retitled it - Gallic Serenade.
The piece has received some minor revisions and it now appears under its original name with the third movement restored.
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