Ravel's choral music is rare. It does, however, have treasures among which Les trois chansons for a cappella choir. His music seems to find an ideal extension with voice and choir. This program proposes to play large pages transcribed for the choir: from Ma Mère L'Oye to Scheherazade via La Vallée des Cloches. Great composers and arrangers have already given their letters of nobility to this Ravelian art of transcription: Gérard Pesson, Thierry Machuel or Clytus Gottwald. For this program, Les Métaboles challenged Thibault Perrine to transcribe for the first time two emblematic works by Ravel: Bolero and La Pavane pour une infante defunte. There is no doubt that these new versions for choir will make it possible to discover these works in a new and unprecedented light!

Co production : la Cité de la Voix, la Cité musicale-Metz

Scores by Maurice Ravel - Éditions Durand
Some scores have been kindly loaned by CEN (resource center dedicated to choral art)


Maurice Ravel

Pavane pour une infante défunte (transcription Thibault Perrine)
Ma Mère l'Oye (transcription Thierry Machuel)
- Le Jardin féérique
- Pavane de la belle au bois dormant
Ronsard à son âme (transcription Gérard Pesson)
Soupir (extract of Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, transcription Clytus Gottwald)
Toi le cœur de la rose (extract of L’enfant et les sortilèges, transcription Clytus Gottwald)
Trois chansons pour chœur a cappella
- Nicolette

Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis


La vallée des cloches (transcription Clytus Gottwald)
Shéhérazade (transcription Gérard Pesson)
- La Flûte enchantée
- L’indifférent
Boléro (transcription Thibault Perrine)

Les Métaboles (24 singers)
Léo Warynski, direction