Ravel and Hungary

Ravel's only visit to Hungary was in the spring of 1932 (February?) when he came to Budapest to perform his new Piano concerto in G with Marguerite Long, who recalled how the composer, in a state of great agitation, had spent an hour rehearsing just two bars of his work with an endlessly patient orchestra. (Long [1971] p.67).

Apart from the early pianistic influence of Liszt, Ravel's most specific engagement with Hungarian music occurred after a meeting with the virtuoso violinist Jelly d'Aranyi in 1922, which led to his composition of "une rhapsodie hongroise" for her. Together they gave the first performance of Tzigane in London in 1924.

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