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La Vallée des Cloches

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Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (arr. Donald Hunsberger)

The title of this work translates from the French as "The Valley of Bells."

General Info

Year: 1905 / 1981
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Harp (or Piano)
Celesta and/or Piano
Percussion, including:

  • Chimes
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

La Vallée des Cloches is the fifth movement of Maurice Ravel's Miroirs, a suite for solo piano. The movement, dedicated to composer and pianist Maurice Delage (1879-1961), evokes the sounds of various bells through its use of sonorous harmonies.

This arrangement is expertly orchestrated for wind band, allowing new colors while maintaining the striking harmonic elements characteristic of the composer. The opening, faithful to Impressionist Ravel, strives to provide a timeless floating quality while encased in a formal rhythmic structure. Above all, the intention is to keep the ensemble light and fluid rather than ponderous.

- Program Note from publisher and Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Virginia: V


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