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I look forward to further explorations and expansions of these ideas, setting the arresting discourse Levitz has both unearthed and spotlighted in contemporary reviews of The Rite alongside reactions in Paris (and elsewhere) at the time to the black-faced Moor in Petrushka (a too-literal embodiment of "Negrified Russia"), or, for another example from only slightly further afield, the contested 1925 premiere of Maurice Ravel's Chansons madecasses (and especially its song "Aoua"), heard then against the ongoing French conflict in Morocco.
The pieces are in a style similar to Ravel's Chansons madecasses or Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis and are suitable for the advanced singer.
In this chapter, Raynal criticizes the first French colonizing mission in Madagascar, (20) which neglected to take measures to improve the country's economy and infrastructure, changes that could have easily persuaded the Madecasses to accept foreign domination, he argues:
On May 6, at the same venue, the pianist Malcolm Martineau and I will give a recital at which we will present Ravel's cycles Histories Naturelles and Deux melodies hebraiques, Haydn's Ariadne auf Naxos and Bartok's Village Scenes, and, with the flautist Kaspar Zehnder and the cellist Tomas Jamnik, we will also perform Ravel's Chansons madecasses. I'm really glad that this year I will also be able to appear at the Concentus Moraviae festival, on June 11 in Moravsky Krumlov.
In her final chapter Moore adds another heteroclite threesome of literary figures who pushed forward the development of poetic prose: Evariste Parny composer of Chansons madecasses, Chateaubriand with his Atala, and Sebastien Mercier in his reasoned theory and prose poetry.
The brilliant instrumentation and unusual tone colors of a full orchestra one usually associates with Ravel were condensed into the short song cycle, Chansons madecasses. Another trio of instruments, this time with pianist Jonathan Yasuda and cellist Jan Muller-Szerwas joining flutist Kraus, provided the accompaniment for soprano Maria Ferrante's vocal pyrotechnics.
The program brings together many of Maurice Ravel's greatest compositions for solo voice: Cinq melodies populaires grecques (Five Popular Greek Songs); Chants populaires (Popular Songs); Deux melodies hebraiques (Two Hebrew Melodies); Trois poemes de Stephane Mallarme (Three Poems of Stephane Mallarme); Chansons madecasses (Songs of Madegascar); and Sheherazade.
Additional repertoire she enjoys performing includes Verdi's Requiem, Ravel's Chansons madecasses, Aclams's Grand Pianola Music, and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder.
A careful reading of the "Aoua" movement from the Chansons madecasses is one of Zank's most penetrating, giving nearly equal space to the music and Parity's controversial colonialist text.
The question of brevity is introduced by way of two precursory works: Parny's Chansons madecasses (Catriona Seth) and Nodier's tablettes (Vincent Laisney).
(19.) The ability to effect the exotic anticipates the later Chansons Madecasses of Ravel.
This works well enough, but one senses confined space: large topical categories like exoticism, irony, and archaism make it difficult to account for songs which do not quite manifest some of these qualities or do justice to issues such as narrative strategies in the Chansons madecasses and Don Quichotte (why no mention of the Chaliapin film controversy?).