Ravel Piano Trio in A major (1914)
Ravel Chansons Madécasses (Madagascan Songs) (1926)
Debussy Chansons de Bilitis (1894)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, masterful orchestration, richly evocative harmonies and inventive instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music. Inspiration for the musical content of the Piano Trio came from a wide variety of sources, from Basque dance to Malaysian poetry. In the song cycle, Chansons Madécasses, a chamber work for voice, piano, flute, and cello, Ravel combines twentieth-century musical experimentation and exoticism with the late nineteenth-century style characteristics present in the vocal elements and instrumentation. Along with the Chansons Madécasses, Misty Bermudez will sing Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis.