Studio Discussion #3

Studio Discussion Three We know everyone will love this week’s listening assignment - Ravel’s La Valse. In order to ensure all of the studio members have time to participate in the studio discussions, we are adapting our plan for the coming week. We have outlined several questions below for everyone to answer; your responses must be posted by 5pm Sunday afternoon. We will hold your replies until everyone has responded on Sunday, and then they will all be posted together. We will use the second week for further discussion on the piece, in order to have time for some deeper and more thoughtful discussion, and so that you will only have a new listening assignment every other week.

Have fun!

Repertoire: Ravel’s La Valse

Suggested Recording: Bernstein | Orchestre national de France (can be purchased on iTunes. If purchasing is a problem, please let your teacher (Elizabeth or Ryan) know.)

Questions: 1. Define a Waltz in your own words

2. In what ways does Ravel’s La Valse follow this definition, and in what ways does it not? Please list (at minimum) two of each.

3. Offer an explanation or a picture of what story you think this music may be painting. (There is no right or wrong answer - we just want your impressions!)