Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"La Valse" by Camille Claudel

"La Valse" by Camille Claudel by l'enfer
"La Valse" by Camille Claudel, a photo by l'enfer on Flickr.
Ravel's Musical Interpretation here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnzmC5n7y6I

Via Flickr:
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This lovely sculpture is by the muse of Rodin, Camille Claudel. It has been widely described as a minor masterpiece and was conceived and executed while she and Rodin were lovers, though the affair ended badly and was a tragic foretelling of her future life. There was a beautiful orchestral piece of the same name written some 30 years later that expresses the piece quite well, though there is no link or view of any connected inspiration.

La Valse, un poème choréographique (a choreographic poem), is an orchestral work written by Maurice Ravel In his tribute to Ravel after the composer's death in 1937, Paul Landormy described the work as follows:

"....the most unexpected of the compositions of Ravel, revealing to us heretofore unexpected depths of Romanticism, power, vigor, and rapture in this musician whose expression is usually limited to the manifestations of an essentially classical genius".