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Ravel’s inspiration for composing his Sonatine was a 1903 competition sponsored by a fine arts and literary magazine called Weekly Critical Review. Ravel’s close friend, critic M. D. Calvocoressi, was a contributor to the publication and encouraged Ravel to enter the competition.

Ravel dedicated the Sonatine to his dear friends Ida and Cipa Godebski. Madame Paule de Lestang gave the world premiere of the work in Lyon, France on March 10, 1906. It was premiered in Paris shortly afterward by Gabriel Grovlez at a concert on the series of the Société Nationale de Musique at the Schola Cantorum. The Sonatine quickly became popular with audiences and Ravel performed the first two movements regularly on concert programs across Europe and during his tour of America in 1928.

Complete recording by John Robson.
Modéré5:32Robson, J.
Mouvement de menuet2:40Robson, J.
Robson, J.