Daphnis et Chloe, Suite II (tr. Hindsley)

From Wind Repertory Project
Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (trans. Mark Hindsley)

Subtitle: Symphonic Fragments - Second Suite: Daybreak, Pantomime, General Dance

General Info

Year: 1912 / 1988
Duration: c. 15:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $180.00   |   Score Only (print) - $32.00   |   Oversize Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
Flute I (doubling Alto Flute)
Flute II (doubling 3 Piccolos)
Oboes I-II
Bassoons I-II
E-Flat Soprano Clarinet
B-Flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-Flat Bass Clarinet
E-Flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-Flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-Flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-Flat Tenor Saxophone
E-Flat Baritone Saxophone
B-Flat Cornet I-II-III
B-Flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tambourine
  • Tambour de Basque
  • Triangle


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Program Notes

Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, a ballet in three scenes, was first performed by the Ballet Russe in Paris in 1912. The source for the ballet scenario was a Greek pastoral, in which Daphnis and Chloe mime the story of the god Pan and the nymph Syrinx. Chloe impersonates the young nymph wandering over the meadow. Daphnis appears as Pan and declares his love for her. The nymph repulses him; the god becomes more insistent. She disappears among the reeds. In desperation Daphnis plucks some stalks, fashions a flute, and on it plays a melancholy tune. Chloe comes out and imitates the accents of the flute with her dance. The dance grows more and more animated. In mad whirlings, Chloe falls into the arms of Daphnis. Before the altar of the nymphs, he swears on two sheep his fidelity. Young girls enter; they are dressed as bacchantes, and shake tambourines. Daphnis and Chloe embrace tenderly. A group of young men appear on the stage. Joyous tumult. A general dance. Daphnis and Chloe.

Even more famous than the ballet, which some now regard as the finest in the French repertory, are the two orchestral suites which Ravel prepared from the ballet score, and which have been extensively performed. A synopsis of the opening of the second suite appears in the score: “No sound but the murmur of rivulets fed by the dew trickles from the rocks. Little by little, the day dawns. The songs of birds are heard. Afar off, a shepherd leads his flock. Herdsmen enter, seeking Daphnis and Chloe. They find Daphnis asleep and awaken him. In anguish, he looks about for Chloe. She at last appears, encircled by shepherdesses. The two rush into each other's arms.”

- Program Note from score


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