Trois beaux oiseuax du Paradis for Brass Quintet

An arrangement of the second of Ravel’s Trois Chansons, here arranged for Brass Quintet. Ravel began writing these songs set to his own texts in December 1914 as a response to the outbreak of World War I, and are Ravel’s only compositions for a cappella voices. Trois beaux oiseuax du Paradis (Three beautiful birds of Paradise) was written first, and later placed in between the other two, more sprightly pieces in the set. It features a beautiful longing melody, set over luscious modal harmonies in the form of a free rondo. In this effective arrangement by Nicolas MacDonald, the character is enhanced by the use of cup mutes throughout.