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A single rhythmic cell is repeated 150+ times, yet the piece is far from static. How does Ravel do it? Timbre, orchestration, and one really long crescendo.
With the voice and piano running in two different time signatures, Dvořák situates his romanticized ode to the past in a hazy, daydream-like atmosphere.
The opening flute solo. In just four measures, Debussy sets the tone for the sensual dream-like atmosphere that characterizes the whole piece.
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